Chennai crisis alleviates as train carrying water arrives

Why Water Trains To Chennai May Not Quench Parched City's Thirst

Why Water Trains To Chennai May Not Quench Parched City's Thirst

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.

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.

As per the plan, every day 10 million litres of water will be moved to Chennai by train through two rakes with 50 wagons carrying a total of 2.5 million litres. A train stocked with 25 lakh litres of water is being sent to Chennai.

Technicians in the railway station at Jolarpettai, located over 217 kilometres from Chennai, worked from early on Thursday to fill fifty wagons with 50,000 litres of water each, sourced from a south Indian river. It has been laid for a distance of almost 700 metres to match the length of the train.

Chennaiites have been taking measures to cut their water consumption down to a bare minimum, with hoteliers switching to the traditional method of serving meals on banana leaves, automobile service centers opting to dry wash of vehicles, and even large commercial establishments and IT parks installing atomizers on water taps to cut down free flow.

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

The train was flagged off from the Jolarpettai station in the morning.

A 3.2 km pipeline connecting Mettusakkarakuppam to the railway yard in Jolarpet was being readied by TWAD Board authorities.

"After treatment it would be sent for distribution".

In its first trip, the special train that consisted of 50 bogey tank wagons with a capacity of 50,000 Litre each, brought to the city nearly 2.5 Million Liters of water. "This arrangement has been made for the next six months until the (advent of the) north-east monsoon", the official told PTI.

The Tamil Nadu government has allotted Rs65 crore for this project.

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