Costs for transporting a total of 6.20 crore liters of water via special water-train to Latur, was billed at INR 4 crore. Indian Railways sent off INR 4 cr bill following a claim sent by the administration and it depends on the district administration whether to pay up the amount or seek a waiver through proper channels.
This bill for INR 4 crores was sent off despite the fact that Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis and Indian Railways Minister, Suresh Prabhu have stated that the railways would waive off all charges.
But that was until yesterday. As of today, Indian Railways has announced that the water bill has been waived off.
Mr Pandurang Pol, Latur Collector, who confirmed receipt of this bill, stated that the state administration had asked for a waiver right at the onset of the exercise.
Jaldoot#Latur-34 rakes have been loaded including 9 rakes of 10 tank wagons delivering 6 crore 70 lac ltrs to Latur till yesterday.
— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) May 14, 2016
Jaldoot, the Water Train to Latur set off from Miraj on April 11 and reached Latur on April 12, after covering a distance of 342 kms. However, the 10 wagon train which transported 2.5 million liters per trip, in a total of 9 trips, was found inadequate to meet the demands of the Latur half million strong population. After 9 such trips, the train was replaced with a 50 wagon train that carried water from Kota in Rajasthan to Latur.