Chennai water crisis: Train bringing water from Vellore arrives in Chennai

14 Juillet, 2019, 08:55 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Water express delivers emergency supplies to drought-hit Chennai city

With temperatures regularly hitting 40 degrees Celsius, reservoirs have run dry and other water sources are dwindling further each day. For the water-starved city of Chennai, the promised 10 MLD of water, was a necessary intervention to battle the ongoing crisis.

The water brought to Chennai by train, however, will not increase supply to Chennai, rather it may ease pressure on existing supply and ease pressure on the state government to ensure a minimum supply of 525 million litres to residents against the requirement of 830 million litres a day.

The CMWSSB will prepare a DPR for letting recycled water in waterbodies obtained after a three-stage treatment of 260Million Litre sewage, he said.

The water-special train, 50 wagons each carrying about 55,000 litre water, took off from Jolarpet which is about 220 km away from Chennai after special pujas around 7.30 am. Politicians representing various political parties were present along with people to welcome the "water" train. The Government of Tamil Nadu has sanctioned an amount of over $ 9.4 million (Indian Rupees 65 crore) for this project. This has led to water scarcity.

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The Chennai Metro Water has deployed 900 tankers for street supply. Now tankers make 12,000 trips across the city daily. However, the water level at Mettur Dam, the source of the water for the special trains, is now less than half of the average level.

"I am a pensioner and it's so hard for me as half of my pension money is spent in buying water", he says.

Entrepreneur Raja, who lives in Central Chennai, says his apartment shells out Rs 75,000 a month to buy water. "Our bore-well has dried up". The only way to distribute the basic necessities was through tank trucks, which arrived in the suburbs 1-2 times a week. "Now, we pay more than Rs 4,500 a month".

The train was supposed to reach Chennai on Thursday, but leakages in the valves of connecting the tank to the railway station forced authorities to push back plans by a day, officials at the railway station said.

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