Chennai Water Crisis: Special water train reaches parched metropolis

Dunya News

The first 50-wagon train carrying 2.5 million litres of water from Vellore to parched Chennai arrived in the city this afternoon from Jolarpet railway station, while a second train carrying precious water for the city is expected to arrive later in the day. However, the water level at Mettur Dam, the source of the water for the special trains, is now less than half of the average level. Each wagon in this special train contains close to 50,000 litres, the water is being sourced from a nearby river to quench Chennai's thirst. This comes after the State Government had requested the Southern Railway to transport 10 MLD (Million Litres per day) water from Jolarpettai to Villivakkam covering a distance of almost 220kms. A single trip is estimated to cost over 8 lakh Rupees. In April, he says, filling the water tanker had cost him Rs 2,000 a month; now he pays almost Rs 5,000. A trial run of the supply line was carried out on Wednesday.

Reports state that a trial run to pump water into the pipeline was scheduled for Tuesday morning but got delayed.

The CMWSSB will prepare a DPR for letting recycled water in waterbodies obtained after a three-stage treatment of 260Million Litre sewage, he said.
Jolarpettai is 217 km away from the southern metropolis. Explaining the reason for the delay in works, an official was quoted by the New Indian Express as saying, "We had to encounter some problems in running the pipe under a culvert".

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A section of netizens said it was about time that the state government took the initiative to address the water crisis as a priority.

Chennai's daily water requirement is around 830MLD, with the major reservoirs nearly bone dry, the authorities are only able to provide a little over 525MLD by depending on desalination plants, abandoned quarries and agricultural land in the peri-urban areas.

The Indian government on Friday started dispatching drinking water to the worst affected drought-hit southern Indian city of Chennai, officials said.

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