Tamil Nadu CM announces water train to help parched Chennai
In a relief for Chennai, which has been facing acute water crisis, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palanisamy announced that the first water wagon from Jolarpettai in Vellore district will reach the state on Friday morning.
The first wagon carrying 2.7 million litre dail (MLD) of water will reach Villivakam railway station on Friday morning. Local bodies minister SP Velumani is expected to participate in the function when the wagon arrives at the station. Officials said four trips will be made daily with the city receiving nearly 11 mld water every day for the next six months.
A trial run was conducted successfully on Wednesday from Mettu Sakrakuppam pumping zone to filling point at Jolarpettai railway station. The water received in Villivakam railway station will be pumped to Kilpauk waterworks for treatment before distribution to residents in various parts of the city.
Two trains with 50 wagons have been commissioned for this purpose.
Tamil Nadu government zeroed in on Vellore for this purpose as it is found to have a surplus of about 30 mld of water. The Vellore Combined Drinking Water Supply Scheme which is fed by water from river Cauvery was launched in 2015.
On June 21, in a bid to address the severe water shortage in Chennai, Chief Minister Palaniswami announced that 10 mld of drinking water would be transported from Vellore to Chennai for six months. The state government has allocated funds to the tune of Rs 65 crores.