New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, on Saturday, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss about the drought situations prevailing over many parts of Uttar Pradesh. PM also met the Chief Ministers of Maharashtra and Karnataka.
Akhilesh Yadav said that he has expressed his concerns about the drought-hit Bundelkhand before the PM.
He said, “Water is available at a dam barely 5kms from Bundelkhand, we only require a system for the distribution of water. Only tankers can take water to drought hit areas. Trains cannot reach every village. We have already taken steps in this direction. The number of tankers will be increased and Samajwadi Party is already distributing food packets in drought-hit areas.”
According to sources, Akhilesh Yadav has asked for a help of Rs. 10,600 crore help from the Centre. In addition to this he has also asked for 10000 tankers for distributing water.
Interestingly, Akhilesh Yadav sought help from the centre couple of days after the state government refused to accept the water that was sent via a train by the centre.
The UP government then said that the state is not facing a water-crisis like Marathwada, where a water train was sent (to Latur) by the Centre.