On Friday, the first train carrying water from Jolarpet in Vellore district finally arrived in Tamil Nadu's capital.
A train carrying 2.5 million litres of water arrived in Chennai, which has been grappling with an acute water crisis over the past few months. NDTV delivers reliable information across all platforms: TV, Internet and Mobile. 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. However each wagon will only carry 50,000 litres of water. Chief Minister K Palaniswami said a Detailed Project Report (DPR) will be prepared for recharging water bodies in and around the city with recycled water obtained after cleaning up sewage through a three stage treatment process.
Jolarpettai is situated around 217 km away from Chennai and is in Vellore district of Tamil Nadu.
With temperatures regularly hitting 40C, reservoirs have run dry and other water sources are dwindling further each day.
Chennaiites have been taking measures to cut their water consumption down to a bare minimum, with hoteliers switching to the traditional method of serving meals on banana leaves, automobile service centers opting to dry wash of vehicles, and even large commercial establishments and IT parks installing atomizers on water taps to cut down free flow.
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.
Authorities blame four parched drinking water reservoirs outside Chennai and inadequate monsoon past year for the water scarcity.
He said a sum of ₹65 crore had been allocated for this objective. 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.