It is said that wayback in 2001 water was moved from Erode in trains to meet the demands of the city. A total of four train trips have been planned with 50 wagons carrying 25 lakh litres of water on every ride. NDTV delivers reliable information across all platforms: TV, Internet and Mobile.
Tamil Nadu Ministers including D Jayakumar and SP Velumani were present at Chennai's Villivakkam railway yard to welcome the train.
However, the officials carried out the spade work thereof, allowing the water to flow through the pipeline to fill the wagons. "The water will be taken to a storage facility in Kilpauk from where it will be further distributed to residences".
According to a recent PTIreport, the train left from the Jolarpettai railway station at around 7:20 AM in the morning today.
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.
Indian Railways has stepped in to help the residents of Chennai with the city reeling under the pressure of a severe water crisis.
INDIAN authorities on Thursday (11) 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 have run dry. Around 100 inlet pipes installed near the railway tracks would be used to discharge 2.5 million litres of water in all the wagons to be sent to a treatment plant. The Chief Minister had sanctioned a fund allocation of Rs 65 crore for the entire project. Nearly all the water reservoirs which supply water to the entire city have gone dry hitting the locals terribly.
Authorities blame four parched drinking water reservoirs outside Chennai and inadequate monsoon past year for the water scarcity.
People living on the outskirts are blocking roads and laying siege to tanker lorries because they fear their water reserves are being sacrificed so city dwellers, businesses and luxury hotels do not run out.
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