First train carrying 2.5 million litres of water arrives in parched Chennai


On 19 June, Chennai City officials declared "Day Zero", when they confirmed that all four main reservoirs supplying water to the city had run dry. However, the special trains may not be able to enhance the water supply, officials say. As many as 50 wagons with capacity of 54,000 litres each have been brought from Rajasthan to be attached to the train and carry water.

Chennai: With the city facing acute water shortage and forecast of more trouble in coming years, the Tamil Nadu government on Thursday informed the state assembly that it would take up a project to use treated sewage water for replenishing water bodies.

The CMWSSB will prepare a DPR for letting recycled water in waterbodies obtained after a three-stage treatment of 260Million Litre sewage, he said.
And it seems the politicians were waiting for an auspicious time to inaugurate the train.

The Chennai Metro Water has deployed 900 tankers for street supply. "We are doing our best to give water to all", Harmander Singh said.

The source of water is being drawn from Cauvery under Vellore Drinking water scheme.

Shaji Mathews, a retired health official, who lives in South Chennai, relies on private suppliers to fill the 12,000 litre underground tank at his home. He said a sum of Rs 65 crore had been allocated for this objective.

"I am a pensioner and it's so hard for me as half of my pension money is spent in buying water", he says. The bustling capital of Tamil Nadu state normally requires at least 825 million litres of water a day, but authorities are now only able to supply 60 per cent of that. In April, we paid somewhere between Rs 1,900 to Rs 2,100.

Entrepreneur Raja, who lives in Central Chennai, says his apartment shells out Rs 75,000 a month to buy water.

Water tankers take a train journey to parched Chennai as the city grapples with the worst water crisis over past few months, special train carrying 2.5 million litres of water arrives in Chennai from Vellore district in Tamil Nadu.