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‘Water Express’ reaches Latur after 18-hour trip

A special train carrying around five lakh litres of water for parched Latur in Marathwada region, battling an unprecedented drought, reached the destination after 18 hours on Tuesday morning.

‘Water Express’ reaches Latur after 18-hour trip
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Workers fill water in Central Railway train tanks to transport to drought affected Latur

Mumbai

The ‘water express’ with 10 wagons for Latur had left from Miraj in western Maharashtra around 11 am on Monday and reached Latur at 5 am on Tuesday, taking 18 hours to traverse a distance of around 350 km. 

“The first batch of 10 wagons, each with a capacity of around 50,000 litres, were filled with water at Miraj railway station in Sangli district,” said Chief spokesperson of Central Railway Narendra Patil. 

The district administration has acquired a huge well located near Latur railway station to store the water which will then be supplied to Latur town. 

The second train consisting of 50 wagons is expected to be ready for loading around April 15.

“Kota workshop received two goods trains consisting of 50 tank wagons to cater to the droughthit Latur and the trips of the trains will be arranged as per the requirement,” he said.

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