To commemorate its 11 years of operations, budget airline SpiceJet on Tuesday said it has partnered with an NGO to supply nearly 71,500 litres water to 11 villages in drought-hit Latur district under Marathwada region of Maharashtra every day. “At a time when the state is combating severe drought conditions, SpiceJet has stepped in to pledge help and relief to 11 villages in Latur, an initiative to commemorate its 11 years of flying,” the airline said in a statement issued in Mumbai. The airline, along with voluntary organisation ‘AnybodyCanHelp’ will organise, coordinate and execute the supply of nearly 71,500 litres of water to 11 villages per day across Ausa taluka in Latur district.
Under the initiative, water tankers assigned by SpiceJet will undertake the exercise for the whole of the month started from May 23 till June 23. Maharashtra is facing severe drought this year. The state government had earlier this month declared drought in over 29,000 villages of the state, mostly in parched Marathwada and Vidarbha regions.
As per officials, only one per cent water is left in dams in the Marathwada region.