Brand-new DELHI: Even as Latur reels under a severe drought, close to 10,0000 litres of water were wasted there today to clean up a helipad for the arrival of a state minister to the district, Times Now reported.
Eknath Khadse, the Maharashtra agriculture minister, could have actually taken a car to Belkund, which is merely 40 minutes from Latur city. Instead, he chose to go by helicopter, Times Now said.
The amount of water used to ensure the helipad is spick and span – 10,000 litres – is exactly what a family in Latur is given – per week.
Since April 11, over three trips , the railways have actually delivered 15 lakh litres of water from the Krishna river to parched Latur in Marathwada.
In fact, it was Khadse that on April 5 announced that a decision had been taken to supply water to Latur by train to tackle the water scarcity there.
Khadse’s Friday visit was for a review of the water unloading and distribution facilities.