New Delhi: Railway Ministry has withdrawn the Rs 4 crore bill sent to Latur district administration over transfer of water. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said the bill was sent only after the district admin had requested for it.
He added that ‘water trains’ will continue to run till the crisis is resolved in Marathwada. Till now over 6 crore litres of water has been transported by ‘Jaldoot’ to Latur.
Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu who is personally monitoring the entire operation has directed that the Indian Railways will continue to run the trains till the time there is a need of water and the settlement of the operational expenses will never be a constraint in this regard. The Minister has further ordered that the estimate of expenditure which was sent to the Latur Administration, on their request, will be withdrawn immediately.
The issue of settlement of dues is being considered separately by the Railway Ministry. Indian Railways has always been committed to meet the social obligations and will continue to be in the forefront in offering assistance to the people of the country as and when needed.