50-wagon train carrying 2.5 mn litres of water reaches Chennai

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 14, 2019

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.

The city's economy has also taken a hit as some hotels and restaurants shut shop temporarily and there have been reports of fights breaking out as people queue for water.

According to the official, each wagon carried 50,000 litres of water. NDTV delivers reliable information across all platforms: TV, Internet and Mobile.

State Ministers were likely to be present at the inauguration of the unloading of the water at Villivakkam station here.

Chennai: Indian authorities yesterday filled tanks with water and loaded them onto a train in the southern state of Tamil Nadu to supply its manufacturing capital Chennai where reservoirs have run dry. A train stocked with 25 lakh litres of water is being sent to Chennai. The train was supposed to reach Chennai on Thursday, but leakages in the valves led to the delay.

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.

Palaniswami had announced the state government's plans to transport 10 million litres of water daily by rail from Jolarpettai to meet the needs of parched Chennai. While one will be stationed near Jolarpet, another will be housed at the Avadi railway yard, according to sources.

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. The Tamil Nadu government had earlier requested the railways to help them ferry the water to the city. In April, he says, filling the water tanker had cost him Rs 2,000 a month; now he pays almost Rs 5,000.

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