This morning from Jolarpet railway station stocking 2.5 million liters of water The first 50-wagon train carrying water to Chennai started for the parched city. More water will be sent by the second train to the city. An aim of ferrying 10 million liters Chennai Metro Water has set a day.
“Based on slots available for movement of these trains the capacity could go up,” stated a railway official.
At Villivakkam railway station An event has been planned to get the first water train. Local Administration Minister SP Velumani and other officials are expected to attend.
Southern Railways will charge Chennai Metro Water Rs. 7.5 lakh for each trip. The Tamil Nadu government has allotted Rs. 65 crore for this project.
Officials say the trains would take around five hours to reach Chennai’s Villivakkam, 220 km away, from where water would be pumped to the Kilpauk Water Works, the pumping station that distributes water to localities in the city.
However, the water supply by train would not increase supply to Chennai. It will only ease the pressure on the state government to ensure a minimum quantity of 525 million liters to residents against the requirement of 830 million liters a day.
A 3.5-km-long pipeline was laid connecting the Jolarpet railway station with a pumping house. A trial run of the supply line was carried out on Wednesday.
Chennai Metro Water has whacked piped water supply by forty percent. In many places, residents don’t get piped water at all, Charging four parched drinking water reservoirs outside Chennai due to inept monsoon last year.
900 tankers have deployed by Chennai Metro Water for street supply. Five pots of water received by many families as they stated daily from the tankers. Since April private water tankers have increased the price to double. The Tamil Nadu government criticized the Madras High Court for not doing enough.