As Chennai's water woes continue amid failed summer showers, the first train carrying water from Jolarpettai in the Vellore district reached the city on Friday noon. Each wagon of the train carried up to 50,000 litres of water. NDTV delivers reliable information across all platforms: TV, Internet and Mobile.
The water supply by special trains would be less than 2 per cent of Chennai's daily demand, according to rough estimates.
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".
The unusual water train, expected to reach Chennai today, will provide much needed relief to the carmaking centre dubbed "India's Detroit".
A 3.2 km underground pipeline has been laid to transfer the water from Mettuchakkarakuppam, where the pump house is located to Jolarpet station. To celebrate the arrival of the train, an event was planned at the station with the party members in attendance.
State Ministers were likely to be present at the inauguration of the unloading of the water at Villivakkam station here. It will take more than three hours to fill 2.5m litres of water into the wagons, officials said, adding it depends upon the availability of wagons, engines and tracks.
Groundwater levels and reservoirs have been dropping fast in the area around Chennai, mainly due to bad water management and weak rainfall during last year's monsoon. He said a sum of Rs 65 crore had been allocated for this objective.
Earlier on June 21, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami made the announcement to ferry water from Jolarpet to Chennai, and sanctioned funds to the tune of Rs 65 crore, as the state capital had been reeling under severe water shortage. People liveing in the city outskirts have been laying seige on water tankers going towards the city with the fear that their water reserves are being sacrificed to allocate to the luxury hotels and city dwellers.