In a development that could be hugely controversial, the railways have sent a bill of Rs 4 crore to Latur district administration for transporting the water to the drought-hit region.
According to a PTI report, the railways, which ferried 6.20 crore litre water to the parched region, had sent a Rs four crore bill to the district collector towards transport cost.
Central Railway’s General Manager S K Sood told reporters in Mumbai, “We have sent the bill to the Latur district collector as per the administration’s request.”
“It is up to the district administration whether to pay us or seek waiver of the amount, through proper channels. We sent the water transport bill as per their request,” he was quoted by PTI.
The first water train, Jaldoot, had left Miraj in western Maharashtra on 11 April and reached Latur the following day covering the distance of around 342 kilometres.
A few hours after the train arrived, supporters of the BJP climbed onto the train to plaster it with a poster thanking Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu for the intervention.