Mumbai: After water trains for drought-ravaged Latur in Marathwada, Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu has now ordered that water from railway dams be released to tackle water crisis in Thane and Navi Mumbai.
“Rail dam in Thane dist is helping Navi Mumbai by supplying water, we will do the same for Thane by supplying water to the Municipal Corpn,” the minister tweeted yesterday.
Water from these dams, used by Railways for their daily needs, will now be released to the civic bodies in Thane and Navi Mumbai.
Thane, 25 kilomters from Mumbai, is facing acute shortage with 60% water cuts. Latur, nearly 500 kilometers from the state capital of Mumbai, has been scorched by drought.
It has been decided that specially designed 50-wagon trains designed to hold and transport water will bring in 25 lakh litres of water on a daily basis to Latur city.
The train though will not service those in the rural areas, where the scramble for water continues. Marathwada is facing one of its worst droughts in a century. Seven of the 11 major dams in the region have gone dry.