At a time when Maharashtra is reeling under severe water crisis, state Irrigation Minister Eknath Khadse is being accused of squandering away 10,000 litres of water for creating a helipad.
The helipad was built in Latur – one of the worst drought hit areas in Maharashtra. Khadse was travelling to Belkund to inaugurate a water supply system.
Khadse could have taken the road route to Belkund which is a at a 40-minute distance from Latur city but flew on his helicopter to attend the inaugural function. The helipad in Belkund was built for the agriculture minister’s landing.
When contacted the minister, he said that there isn’t anything wrong in using water for such purposes, reported Times Now.
Khadse was also in Latur to take a stock of the water train in the parched region.
Earlier in the week the Mumbai High Court had directed BCCI to shift IPL matches, scheduled after April 31, out of Maharashtra citing water crisis.