Parched Chennai gets relief as 1st train carrying 25 lakh litres of


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first_imgParched Chennai gets relief as 1st train carrying 2.5 lakh litres of water reaches drought-stricken stateThe first water train, carrying 2.5 lakh litres of water in 50 wagons, departed from the Jolarpettai railway station at 7:20 am on Friday and reached Villivakam at 11:35 am. However, the train was first taken to Korukupet yard for maintenance.advertisement Next Lokpria Vasudevan ChennaiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 17:33 IST Executed at the cost of Rs 65 crore, the train will make four trips every day to deliver nearly 10 million litres of water per day. (Photo: IANS)HIGHLIGHTSThe first water train reached Chennai on Friday to bring respite from water scarcity in the stateThe train is carrying 2.5 lakh litres of water in 50 wagonsThe train underwent maintenance and routine checks before water could be pumped outPeople in Chennai on Friday welcomed the water train which was promised to bring respite from water scarcity that the state has been facing for the past weeks. The train with number 23907 chugged into Villivakam railway station on Friday and was received with much fanfare and excitement.The first water train, carrying 2.5 lakh litres of water in 50 wagons, departed from the Jolarpettai railway station at 7:20 am and reached Villivakam at 11:35 am. However, the train was taken to Korukupet yard for maintenance.The train was later brought to Villivakam station at 2:30 pm when local bodies minister SP Velumani, Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar and other leaders were present at the station to receive the water train. According to officials, Chennai will be receiving drinking water by train after a gap of nearly 18 years. (Photo: IANS)Since the train was late, SP Velumani defended the delay in its arrival and said the train had to undergo maintenance and routine checks before water could be pumped out from the wagons.Executed at the cost of Rs 65 crore, the train will make four trips every day to deliver nearly 10 million litres of water per day.Fifty HP (horse power) capacity pumps have been installed at Villivakam station to complete unloading of water from the wagon in four hours. The decanted water will be carried in 600 metres of pipeline to the Kilpauk Water Works which is 3 km away. The water will be treated and distributed across the city.According to officials, Chennai will be receiving drinking water by train after a gap of nearly 18 years. Water was brought from Erode by trains in 2001 when the city faced a similar crisis.Tamil Nadu government zeroed in Vellore as the city is found to have a surplus of about 30 MLD of water.The Vellore Combined Drinking Water Supply Scheme which is fed by water from river Cauvery was launched in 2015. The first water train is carrying 2.5 lakh litres of water in 50 wagons. (Photo: IANS)On June 21, in a bid to address the severe water shortage in Chennai, Chief Minister Palaniswami announced that 10 MLD of drinking water would be transported from Vellore to Chennai for six months. The state government has allocated funds to the tune of Rs 65 crore to execute the plan.Also Read | Tamil Nadu CM announces water train to help parched ChennaiAlso Read | Water woes: Running out of time | India Today InsightAlso Watch | Is Chennai’s water emergency a man-made crisis?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShifa Naseerlast_img

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