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The Latur district administration will soon open a war room to supervise the law and order situation in the city, following its decision to impose Section 144 for smooth supply of water and avoid any untoward incident. The city, with a population of 5,00,000, has a daily water requirement of 20 million litres per day, and it has been receiving water only once a month. Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure debars the assembly of more than five persons. The imposition of this law is a preventive measure to tackle the possible violence over water around the Latur civic body-run tanks. “Section 144 is applicable only in and around the premises of six water treatment plants, which are situated in the outskirts of the city. The decision was taken as a precautionary measure after police started receiving complaints relating to the scuffle over water storage,” Eknath Khadse, the state’s revenue minister, told Business Standard.
Around 200 tankers are currently deployed in the city.