Water express delivers emergency supplies to drought-hit Chennai city

Dunya News

Dunya News

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.

It is said that wayback in 2001 water was moved from Erode in trains to meet the demands of the city.

According to the official, each wagon has capacity to carry 50,000 litres of water. NDTV delivers reliable information across all platforms: TV, Internet and Mobile. "The water will be taken to a storage facility in Kilpauk from where it will be further distributed to residences".

A technician checks a valve before water is pumped into a tanker train, which is transported to drought-hit city of Chennai, at Jolarpettai railway station in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.

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.

"After treatment it would be sent for distribution". It was originally expected to reach Chennai on Thursday, but leakages in a water tank that was being used to fill water in the train wagons forced the railway authorities to delay the departure of the train by a day. It led to the major water bodies that cater to the city needs going bone dry.

The Chennai metro has turned off its air conditioning, farmers have been forced to stop watering their crops, and offices have asked staff to work from home. 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.

But to deal more quickly with water shortages, Mohan's team, based at the Greater Chennai Corporation - the civic body that governs the city - has planned a campaign to educate the public on the need to save water and to show some simple ways to do it.