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‘Water Train’ Leaves Miraj for Drought-Hit Latur

A second goods train is expected to be ready to carry water around April 15.

A policeman guards a train being loaded with water to transport to Latur from Miraj station near Sangli on April 10. Credit: PTI.

A policeman guards a train being loaded with water to transport to Latur from Miraj station near Sangli on April 10. Credit: PTI.

Mumbai: A ‘water train’, with ten wagons carrying water for parched Latur, left from Miraj in western Maharashtra today.

The train is expected to reach Latur later today. Latur is battling the worst drought it has ever experienced.

These wagons had reached Miraj from Kota in Rajasthan on April 10.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had said on Sunday, April 10, that that the Maharashtra government and the railway ministry were working hard to bring relief to people in the drought-affected region.

Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said, “Fifty tank wagons (that have been) steam cleaned reached Miraj for Latur.”

On April 8, one of two goods trains carrying 50 wagons of water for drought-affected areas of Latur departed from Kota for Miraj in the Pune division.

The second 50-wagon goods train is expected to be ready to carry water around April 15, a railway official said.

“As per instructions from the Ministry of Railways, Kota workshop received two goods trains consisting of 50 tank wagons each for deployment in drought-affected areas of Latur during the summer season and the trips of the trains will be arranged as per the requirement,” he said.

The carrying capacity of these wagons is 54,000 litres of water each.