Chennai: After hit by severe water scarcity for the last couple of months its is good news for the people of Chennai as a special 50 wagon train carrying water from Tamil Nadu's Vellore district will reach Chennai today afternoon.
According to the officials, each wagon has the capacity to carry 50,000 liters of water. The train was started off from the Jolarpettai station in the morning.
The Minister of Tamil Nadu government will reportedly be present at the inauguration of the unloading of the water at Villivakkam station here in Chennai.
Earlier, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K 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.
He said a sum of Rs 65 crore had been allocated for this purpose. Currently, the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (Chennai Metro Water) is supplying about 525 million liters per day (MLD) in the state capital. The water from Jolarpettai will augment the existing supply.
While the Cholavaram (full capacity 1,081mcft) and Redhills (full capacity 3,300 mcft) reservoirs and Chembarambakkam lake (full capacity 3,645 mcft) that supply water to Chennai have run dry, 16 mcft water is left in the Poondi reservoir (against a full capacity of 3,231 mcft), according to the Chennai Metro Water.