The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.
Chirag Patil, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
On 16th April 2016, India’s leading english newspaper reported blatant wastage of water in water scare state. Even as Latur and the entire Marathwada region are reeling under a severe drought, 10,0000 litres of water were wasted there on Friday to create a makeshift helipad for the arrival of relief and rehabilitation minister Eknath Khadse to the district. The waste of water attracted considerable criticism from activists as well as the opposition.
Khadse, who was in Latur to receive the third water train from Miraj, travelled from there to Belkund, which is only 40 minutes away from Latur city by road, to inaugurate a water supply project. However, instead of taking the road, he took the helicopter, for whose landing a temporary helipad had been built by using 10,000 litres of water.
At first, I couldn’t believe it. Naturally I was slightly angry and fell into the trap of believing what is reported in papers. Then I started digging for answers, turns out, the water used for Helipad was waste from filtration plant which can’t be recycled for normal use! What was the hurry to publish without checking the facts? I wonder, is the media’s credibility a myth?