In an effort to meet the water requirements of a parched Chennai, a special 50 wagon train carrying water from Tamil Nadu's Vellore district reached the state capital on Friday, a Southern Railway official said.
The Chennai Metro Water has set a target of ferrying 10 million liters a day and based on slots available for movement of these trains the capacity could go up. NDTV delivers reliable information across all platforms: TV, Internet and Mobile.
Yesterday the train, nearly 700 meters long, was filled with 2.5 million liters of water (50 thousand per wagon) in Jolarpettai, about 217 kilometers away from Chennai. The train, in a bid to aid the residents suffering due to the severe water crisis, reached the city of Chennai in the afternoon. Chennai has been grappling with an acute water crisis over the past few months.More news: Tour de France rider’s $12k bike SPLITS IN HALF during crash
The locomotive which arrived at 11.15 am stood at a shed in Kurukupettai, waiting for hours, for Tamil Nadu's top ministers to make an appearance at the Villivakkam junction before it could be unloaded and leave for its second trip of the day.
"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", an official told PTI.
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.More news: Social media personality arrested for sexual assault, police say
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.
Longer term, the city must expand its ability to capture and store rainfall so it can be reused, as well as recycling waste water, Mohan said. Like many Indian cities, Chennai's growth over the past 20 years has been rapid and haphazard.More news: Hrithik Roshan Super 30 collection reached to 12 Crore on opening day