Chennai crisis alleviates as train carrying water arrives

Chennai crisis alleviates as train carrying water arrives

It is said that wayback in 2001 water was moved from Erode in trains to meet the demands of the city. The Chennai Metro Water has set a target of ferrying 10 million litres a day. NDTV delivers reliable information across all platforms: TV, Internet and Mobile. It reached the Villivakkam neighbourhood of Chennai, from where it was be inaugurated by the Tamil Nadu ministers, according to officials who were quoted in the report.

The first consignment will be taken to a water treatment centre, and then distributed in trucks to different parts of the metropolis on Saturday.

Four special trains a day have been called up to bring water to Chennai - India's sixth most populous city - from Vellore, some 80 miles (125 kilometres) away, to help battle the drought.

While the two trains bring a total of 5 million liters of water to the state capital, railway officials said, "Based on slots available for movement of these trains the capacity could go up".

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The train was flagged off from the Jolarpettai station in the morning and reached Villivakam station here.

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.

Chennai has been facing a severe water crisis and there has been a 40 per cent cut in piped water supply after all four reservoirs outside the city dried up. The water would be conveyed to Kilpauk water works from where it would be supplied to Central and North Chennai.

People living on the outskirts are blocking roads and laying siege to tanker lorries because they fear their water reserves are being sacrificed so city dwellers, businesses and luxury hotels do not run out. The state government has at present committed to ensuring a minimum supply of 525 million litres of water to residents against the requirement of 830 million litres of waters a day.

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