Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has written a letter to the Centre offering 10 lakh litres of water every day for the next two months for the drought affected Latur district in Maharashtra.
The CM tweeted the letter early today.
Delhi offers 10 lakh litres of water everyday for 2 months for brothers/sisters in Latur pic.twitter.com/SALb6Tf2kp
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) 12 April 2016
He said that it will be shameful if people died due to water shortage in this 21st century India.
Kejriwal praised the Centre’s decision of sending in two trains of 50 wagons each filled with potable water to the region.
One of those trains reached Latur today.
In his letter, Kejriwal writes that it is the responsibility of the people of the country to help end Maharashtra’s drought crisis.
He said that the Delhi government will immediately make the water available to the Centre if the latter makes arrangements for its transport to Latur.
“Delhi itself faces a serious water shortage but the situation in Latur is so horrific that it becomes our duty to help the people in distress,” he wrote.
Latur is facing one of the worst droughts in the history of Maharashtra. The city itself has a population of five lakh, and the condition of the region is so miserable that some have called it the dystopian future of India.
Scene from a Sci-fi movie with a chilling vision of the future. Water,the new gold,being bartered across the country https://t.co/TUPQPgAJ0a
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) 12 April 2016
The Maharashtra government had also imposed Sec 144 in Latur to manage the water distribution system properly. But the water crisis is not affecting Latur alone; parts of Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Telangana too are facing mild to severe water shortage.