Chennai, Jul 12:
A special 50-wagon train, which will transport around 2.5 million litres of water from Jolarpet in Vellore district to Chennai, started its journey Friday morning. The much-awaited train transporting water from Vellore to Chennai was flagged off on Friday morning from Jolarpet station. TWAD board chairman Mahesh flagged off the water train.
The water train, carrying water in 50 bogie wagons, reached Villivakkam at around 2 p.m. TWAD Board Director Hariharan and other officials are expected to receive the water special. Railway officials said after the water filling started around 1am in the night, the train left at around 7:10am.
The train was flagged off from the Jolarpettai station in the morning. The trial run from Mettu Sakrakuppam pumping house to the filling station at Jolarpet has been successful.
The train is carrying 55,000 litres of water in each of the 50 wagons and is meant for Chennai City which is currently battling a water crisis. 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. The government has sourced 100 wagons with a capacity of 70000 litres from Rajasthan. One crore litres of water will be brought to city daily by making four trips.