Minister's Visit Costs Drought-Hit Latur 10,000 Litres Of Water

15/04/2016 10:05 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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LATUR, INDIA - APRIL 11: Dried and cracked storage area of the Manjara Dam Project, Dhanegaon which comes under Beed and Usmanabad and supplies 9 nearby regions, from where Latur gets its water supply on April 11, 2016 in Latur, India. Consecutive drought years resulted in acute water scarcity and the agrarian crisis and have its epicentre in three districts of the Marathwada region Latur, Osmanabad and Beed. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Barely two days after a train carrying five lakh litres of water reached Latur, close to 10,000 litres of water, the weekly ration of water per family in the drought-hit district, was wasted to clean up a helipad for the arrival of a state minister on Friday, according to a news report.

Maharashtra Agriculture Minister Eknath Khadse chose to go by helicopter when he could have easily gone by road to Belkund, hardly 40 minutes away from Latur city.

Khadse, who was the one to announce on April 5 the decision to supply water to Latur by train to tackle the water scarcity there, however denied the accusation of wasting 10,000 litres of water saying the issue was being 'blown out of proportion'.

About 15 lakh litres of water sourced from the Krishna river has already been delivered to Latur by train over three trips since April 11.

The minister’s visit on Friday was to review the water unloading and distribution facilities.

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