After the acute water crisis in Chennai city, the Tamil Nadu government has decided to bring in water in the city by train from Jolarpettai.
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.
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.
Although the train reached Chennai station at 11:30 AM on Friday, the Ministers who were expected to come for the flag off inauguration reached the location only at 3 PM.
The train is been taken to a nearby train yard and will reach the location once the ministers arrive for the flag off.
The Tamil Nadu government had earlier requested the railways to help them ferry the water to the city.
Addressing the media on the ongoing water crisis in Chennai, Palaniswami, on July 5, said that while Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan was ready to send 2 Million litres per day (MLD) water through train for a day, he said that amount of water would be needed every day, refusing Kerala's aid to a rain-deficit city.
The city is provided from four reservoirs - Poondi, Chembarambakkam, Puzhal and Cholavaram whose capacities have dipped below 1% of the demand hence fail to suppy water to Chennai. The city recieves its water from its three main desalination plants and other tankers and pipelines.
Rampant unplanned development, deficient monsoon last year coupled with inadequate urban planning has brought Chennai to its knees.
(With PTI inputs)