Special water train to reach Chennai on Friday

Nellie Chapman
July 14, 2019

The special train with fifty wagons unloaded the water at Villivakkam in Chennai from where it will be taken through pipelines to the pumping station of Metrowater for distribution in the parched city.

Train carrying water from Vellore to Chennai.

SP Velumani then said, "25 MLD of water in 50 railway wagons have reached Chennai's Villivakkam railway yard".

The water brought to Chennai by train, however, will not increase supply to Chennai, rather it may ease pressure on existing supply and ease pressure on the state government to ensure a minimum supply of 525 million litres to residents against the requirement of 830 million litres a day.

Historically, Chennai has relied on annual monsoon rains to replenish its four main water reservoirs since it is next to impossible to take water from the polluted rivers in the state of Tamil Nadu.

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Police Minister Bheki Cele announced that police would be assisted by the army in various crime hotspots for three months. At least 20 people have been killed in the city since last week.

With temperatures regularly hitting 40C, reservoirs have run dry and other water sources are dwindling further each day.

Water shortage has forced schools to shut, companies to ask employees to work from home and hotels to ration water for guests. A special train with 50 wagons has been sent to Chennai to help the citizen in this hour of need.

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. "Authorities yesterday filled tanks with water and loaded them onto a train". The Government of Tamil Nadu has sanctioned an amount of over $ 9.4 million (Indian Rupees 65 crore) for this project. 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.

It is said that wayback in 2001 water was moved from Erode in trains to meet the demands of the city.

The unusual water train, expected to reach Chennai today, will provide much needed relief to the carmaking centre dubbed "India's Detroit".

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