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1993 quake: Fadanvis lauds Pawar over rescue work


Chief Minister Devendra Fadanvis on Sunday appreciated the relief and rescue work done after the devastating 1993 earthquake of Marathwada, by the then Chief Minister Sharad Pawar.

On September 30, 1993, an earthquake had jolted the Killari village in Latur district of Marathwada region, killing more than 9,000 people and leaving several others injured. The disaster completed 25 years on Sunday. Mr Fadnavis said this, while speaking at a function of 'Nirdhar Samarambh' (Determination Programme) at Killari, jointly organised by the Maharashtra government and Bhartiya Jain Sanghatana (BJS), to make Latur and Osmanabad districts drought-free in future. 

The Chief Minister also praised the work done by former home minister Shivraj Patil-Chakurkar, who was the representative of Latur during that time. Mr Pawar said the state is facing drinking water shortage, particularly in Marathwada region. To come over the situation, there is need to work in a scientific method, for which the Opposition parties should support the government, he appealed. Mr Fadnavis expressed confidence that all the measures will be taken by the government to make the two districts drought-free by June 2019.

Rich tributes were paid to all those, who died in the 1993 earthquake. Osmanabad Guardian Minister Arjun Khotkar, Latur Guardian Minister Sambhaji Patil Nilangekar, Bharatiya Jain Sanghatana president Shantilal Muttha, Latur MP Sunil Gaikwad, among others, were present.