One last time: Water train makes 111th trip to Latur


AURANGABAD: The water train from Miraj on Tuesday made its last and 111th trip to Latur, one of the worst drought-hit districts in Marathwada.

The administration and the civic body officials in Miraj saw it off at an informal function organised closer to the facility where lakhs of liters of water was pumped regularly basis since April 12. Latur experienced good rainfall this monsoon, to the extent of reviving the city’s water supply system that might last for about four months.

The administration, however, has decided not to abandon the multi-crore facility that it had created in the farm of S R Deshmukh, a former president of the Latur municipal council, situated next to the (Latur) railway station, to receive water train from Miraj

The administration and the civic body officials are also apprehensive about the storage of nearly 4 mmcub at the Nagjhari and Sai barrages, situated about 10-15km from Latur city following heavy rainfall that the city and its outskirts received a few days ago. The barrages are on the Manjra river.

“There is almost no water in the Manjra dam having storage capacity of 221 million cubic meter (MMCub) water. Currently, the dam accounts for 0.2 mmcub storage, that too in some isolated places,”said Vijay Cholkhane, water works engineer in the Latur civic body. “We hope the Manjra dam in Beed district, about 70km from Latur, gets ample storage to meet Latu’s requirement on a permanent basis,”he said.

The administration and the civic body officials felicitated the railway officials engaged in the water supply work since April. District collector Padurang Pole urged people to make judicious use of water while the municipal commissioner Sudhakar Telang pointed out that the water available presently in Nagjhari and Sai barrages could last till December.

S R Deshmukh, former Latur municipal council president and a Congressman who had provided the huge well in his farm with a capacity to store about 20 lakh liter water, said “I have agreed with the administration not to remove the infrastructure created in and around the well for water supply to the city. In case of any emergency arising in future, the facility can be used.”