Amid the acute water crisis in Chennai, wherein the Tamil Nadu government decided to bring in water in the parched city by train from Jolarpettai, the state Ministers were thirsty for a photo-op.
To fix the water crisis in Chennai, Chief Minister of the state Edappadi K. Palaniswami in a temporary remedy got 50 bogies of water towards Villivakkam station in the city. For which, the state Ministers reached to inaugurate the initiative and could be seen eagerly waiting with bouquets to take credit amid the grim water crisis.
In visuals, a massive crowd could be seen gathered, wherein instead of acknowledging the gravity of the situation, politicians waited for the photo-op. Even the train that traveled to Chennai was garlanded for the inauguration event.
While, the train carrying 2.5 million liters of water in all the wagons arrived at the capital city at 11:30, it was made to wait beyond 3 PM for the Ministers, who arrived at the Villivakkam station.
A train with 50 tank wagons (BTPN), with 50,000 liters of water in each, left Jolarpettai at 7.20 am. For this particular project to bring water relief, the Chief Minister announced that Rs. 65 crore was spent.
Around 100 inlet pipes installed near the railway tracks would be used to discharge 2.5 million litres of water in all the wagons to be sent to a treatment plant after passing through a conduit, an official of Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board said.
Jolarpettai is 217 km away from Chennai in Tamil Nadu's Vellore district. The train was supposed to reach on Thursday, however, leakages in the valves led to the delay.
Chennai has been grappling with an acute water crisis over the past four months. The southern metropolis is facing a daily water deficit of at least 200 million liters, and the four reservoirs supplying to the city have run dry. The rich haven't been spared either, but their suffering is nothing compared to the working class.
"After treatment, it would be sent for distribution. This arrangement has been made for the next six months until the (advent of the) north-east monsoon," the official told PTI.