Railways yesterday withdrew the Rs 4-crore water bill sent to the Latur district administration and promised to continue to run water trains to cater to the need of the people in the parched areas of Marthahwada region till the crisis is over.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has directed the officials concerned to continue to run the trains till the time there is a need for water and the settlement of the operational expenses will never be a constraint in this regard. “The issue of settlement of dues is being considered separately by the railway ministry,” said a statement by railways.
Till now more than 6 crore litres of water has been transported by the Railways from Miraj to Latur. Railway named these trains as “Jaldoot” to emphasize importance of this crucial endeavour.