New Delhi: At least three government officials have been denied a salary increment after they were found responsible for wasting water in the city facing drought-like situation. The officials who have been held responsible also include a Class I officer from LMC.

The accused belong to the Latur Municipal Corporation (LMC) water supply department. Pandurang Pole, District collector and also the acting LMC chief said that action has been taken against the accused.

The Class I officer, justifying himself in the incident, held his two subordinates responsible for the wastage. However, the chief held all three responsible after examining the entire incident of water wastage. The LMC has been lifting water from Nagzari and Sai barrages for supply to the city and is storing it in the six overhead tanks. “It (the water wasted) could have quenched the thirst of hundreds. The action will send a strong signal,” a district administration official said.

The residents of the parched city began getting water in their houses in early August after a gap of nearly six months. Before this, a train was carrying 25 lakh litres of water from Miraj in western Maharashtra to Latur every day.

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