Special water train reaches Chennai from Vellore

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

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

A special water train carrying as many as 50 tank wagons (BTPN) with around 50,000 litres of water in each, left from the Jolarpettai railway station, situated in the city of Vellore, to reach Chennai.

Water supply by train, however, will only ease the water crisis of the city, not increase water supply.

Water supply by trains would be less than 2 per cent of city's daily demand. NDTV delivers reliable information across all platforms: TV, Internet and Mobile.

Water tankers take a train journey to parched Chennai as the city grapples with the worst water crisis over past few months, special train carrying 2.5 million litres of water arrives in Chennai from Vellore district in Tamil Nadu. A train stocked with 25 lakh litres of water is being sent to Chennai.

The first consignment will be taken to a water treatment centre, and then distributed in trucks to different parts of the metropolis on Saturday.

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The wagons were hauled by a special locomotive, decorated with flowers and with a "Drinking Water for Chennai" banner on its front.

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

Authorities blame four parched drinking water reservoirs outside Chennai and inadequate monsoon past year for the water scarcity. 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.

Mr. Palaniswami said policy will also be prepared for setting up a grid comprising a pipe line network for reusing reclaimed water (after treatment of sewage) for several purposes and this will also help prevent pollution of water bodies.

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