Chennai Water Crisis: Special water train reaches parched metropolis

Chennai: The first train carrying water from Jolarpet railway station in Vellore district reached Chennai. The state government had announced to bring in water from Vellore by rail wagons as Chennai is facing a severe water crisis.

A train with 50 tank wagons with 50,000 litres of water in each, left Jolarpettai at 7.20 am. The train reached Villivakkam around 2.00 pm. Jolarpettai is 217 km away from Chennai in Tamil Nadu’s Vellore district.

The train was flagged off from the Jolarpettai station in the morning and reached Villivakam station here. The wagons will be emptied and the water will be sent to the Kilpauk pumping station for further distribution.

Earlier, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami had announced the state government’s plans to transport 10 million litres of water daily by rail from Jolarpettai.

He said a sum of ₹65 crore had been allocated for this purpose.

Currently, the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (Chennai Metro Water) is supplying about 525 million litres per day (MLD) in the state capital. The water from Jolarpettai will augment the existing supply.

Four reservoirs supplying to the city have run dry: 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 litres, 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. Rampant unplanned development, deficient monsoon last year coupled with inadequate urban planning has brought Chennai to its knees. The Tamil Nadu government had earlier requested the railways to help them ferry the water to the city.

(With Agency Inputs)