Latur liv­ing on one-third of its wa­ter re­quire­ment

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Ke­taki Ghoge ke­taki.ghoge@hin­dus­tan­times.com

LATUR: Even as the eleventh wa­ter-bear­ing train chugged into Latur sta­tion on Fri­day, bring­ing in 25 lakh litres of wa­ter in its 50 wag­ons, it was clear that the thirst felt by this city can­not be quenched with just this much.

So far, the 11 trains — nine with 10 wag­ons and two with 50 wag­ons — have sup­plied 95 lakh litres of wa­ter to the city. That is at least 100 lakh litres less than what Latur, a city of five lakh, needs daily (around 220 to 250 lakh litres).

What it is sur­viv­ing on is just the bare min­i­mum at 35 lakh litres a day, dis­trib­uted through pub­lic tankers, be­cause the civic body can­not risk us­ing its dated pipe­line sys­tem — it goes back to the days of the Nizam rule. This would mean los­ing 50% of the wa­ter to leak­age. So, for the first time in its his­tory, Latur — not new to wa­ter scarcity — will have to do with­out taps for five months.

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