Latur drought: Kejriwal praises PM Narendra Modi for sending special water train, offers assistance from Delhi

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 12 April 2016, 12:45 PM

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has reportedly written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, appreciating him for sending a special water train to drought-hit Latur. Also, Kejriwal has reportedly said that Delhi is also ready to provide water to Latur if arrangements for the same are made. The Marathwada region of Maharashtra is battling the worst drought ever. A special train carrying around five lakh litres of water in 10 wagons reached Latur on Tuesday morning. The train had left from Miraj in western Maharashtra.

On Monday, he had took it to Twitter to appeal to the people of Delhi to save water for Latur.  In a tweet, he said: “Severe water crisis in Latur. We all shud help. Are all Delhiites ready to save some water daily to send it for our people in Latur?”

There are 10 tankers in the water train carrying 50,0000 litres water each. The tankers were filled up at Miraj in Sangli district of western Mahasrashtra, 300 kms away.For proper storage and distribution of the precious beverage Latur administration has acquired a huge well, located about 5-7 km from Latur, to store the water. The second train consisting of 50 wagons is expected to be ready for water loading around April 15.

“Latur is going through an acute water crisis. The central government has decided to send water to Latur by train. This is an admirable step. It will be shameful for the entire country if anyone dies due to water crisis in India in the 21st century. It is the responsibility of the entire country to help the people of Latur,” Kejriwal said.

“Delhi also faces water shortages. But considering the sinister situation in Latur, it is our responsibility to help people there. If you find it appropriate, you may appeal the chief ministers of other states in this regard. I am sure they will also extend a helping hand,” he said.

First Published: Tuesday, April 12, 2016 10:31 AM
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