Latur, April 12: A train carrying 5 lakh litres of drinking water today morning reached drought hit Latur area in Maharashtra, which is facing worst water crisis ever. The first batch of ten wagons train, with a capacity of 50,000 litres each reached at Latur station at around 6 AM on Tuesday morning.

The train had left from Miraj Railway station, in Sangli district of Maharashtra from where the water was filled in the wagon. Narendra Patil, Central Railway chief spokesperson said, “The first batch of ten wagons, each with a capacity of around 50,000 litres, were filled with water at Miraj Railway station”.

The train had reached Miraj from Kota in Rajasthan yesterday. “After the wagons were steam cleaned, they reached Miraj railway station from Kota. Water was filled in the wagons at Miraj railway station and it left for Latur around 11 am today,” he added. Sangli district officials were also present at Miraj station on the occasion, he said. Read Also: (Arvind Kejriwal appeals Delhi’ites to save water for drought-hit Latur in Marathwada)

“As per the directives of Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, two rakes of tank wagons consisting of 50 wagons each were steam cleaned at Kota reached Miraj yesterday to help tackle the water crisis in Marathwada,” the official had said on Monday, adding that from these 50 wagons a 10-wagon rake was created to carry water to Latur.

On Monday Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had said that Maharashtra government and Railway Ministry were working hard to bring relief to people in the drought-affected region. Though the railway official declined to reveal the charges that the Railways would be collecting from the state government, he said that the transporter’s priority is to reach out to the people.

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