In parched Latur, 10,000-lt water for min’s helipad
At a time when several parts of Maharashtra are reeling under severe water crisis, thousands of litres of water were used for a make-shift helipad at a village near the airport, where Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse landed for reviewing the drought situation in Latur district.
Local officials used 10,000 litres water for the helipad at Belkund village, where the minister paid a visit to review the drought and water scarcity relief measures today.
Incidentally, Belkund is only around 40 km from Latur.
When asked about this “wastage” when Latur is being supplied water through rail wagons, Khadse, a senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, said he was not aware of the issue.
Opposition Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has termed the use of water as “arrogance of power” by the BJP-led government.
NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said the incident shows the government is “non-serious” about drought and has become “arrogant” due to power.
“The minister could have landed at Latur, where there is a proper airport, and then driven to the village in a few minutes. But Khadse wanted to insult people in the drought- affected area who are struggling for a single drop of water,” he said.
Latur is one of the worst-affected districts in the Marathwada region and of late two special trains carrying water were rushed to the parched city to tide over the crisis.