Chennai, July 12 : The first train with 50 wagon carrying water from Jolarpet railway station in Vellore district to Chennai, started from the station on Friday morning.
Tamil Nadu government had announced to bring in water from Vellore by rail wagons as Chennai is facing water crisis.
Each wagon has capacity to carry 50,000 litres of water. The train was flagged off from the Jolarpettai station in the morning.
State Ministers were present at the inauguration of the unloading of the water at Villivakkam station here.
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 litres per day (MLD) in the state capital. The water from Jolarpettai will augment the existing supply.
While the Cholavaram (full capacity 1,081 mcft) 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.