Railway Minister had given water to Latur for free, now Railways sent a bill of 9.90 crores

Sep 05 2019 03:21 PM
Railway Minister had given water to Latur for free, now Railways sent a bill of 9.90 crores

Latur: Latur district of Marathwada suffered a severe drought in 2016. The Railway Ministry then sent water to Latur city by train 'Jaldoot' as an aid. Suresh Prabhu, the then railway minister, had waived this water bill. But now the Railway Ministry has now sent a bill of Rs 9.90 crore to Latur Municipal Corporation. But the Latur Municipal Corporation's financial position is not there to pay. The Latur Municipal Corporation is also facing an economic crisis due to the return of the previously forgiven bill from the Railway Ministry.

Due to the drought, Latur city of Maharashtra had come to send water by train three years ago. Perhaps this will be the first city in Maharashtra where the water had to be sent by train. On 2016, water was brought by train from Miraj city of Sangli. This train transported water from Miraj to Latur for 111 days. At that time, the railways used to make available 200 liters of water to Latur City through tanker to filter the water. This Jaldoot train service was started on 12 April 2016. On 9 August 2016, the last train came to Latur to deliver water.

The situation of drought in Maharashtra is also serious this year. Only 45 percent of the rainfall has been received this year in Latur city. In such a situation, there may be a possibility of transporting water by train in Latur city this year. But with the bill of Rs. 9.90 crore sent by the Railway Department, the Latur Municipal Corporation has swelled its hands. The financial condition of Latur Municipal Corporation is not such that it can pay Rs 9.90 crore.

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