water trainsThe Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday refused the water train offered by the Central government for drought-hit Bundelkhand region.

The ten water wagons train reached Jhansi on Thursday and was scheduled to reach Mahoba on Friday, May 6.

However, the officials said, “The water train is not required.”

“Bundelkhand is suffering water shortage. We are working on supplying water through trains, putting Logistics in place to help our brethren,” Suresh Prabhu, Union Railway minster had tweeted on Wednesday.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss on severe drought and water crisis in Bundelkhand in New Delhi on May 7.

With Bundelkhand facing severe heat wave and drought, the Uttar Pradesh government has announced a special package for the parched area, while the Centre has chalked out a multi- pronged strategy to mitigate the woes of distressed farmers.

Bundelkhand region is home to 18.3 million people as per 2011 census and is blighted by drought and unseasonal rain that destroyed standing winter crops. Over the last few years, several farmers have committed suicide in the region.

With Inputs From Agency