Chennai will receive its first supply of 10 million litres of Cauvery water from Jolarpettai on July 7. According to reports, the work to transport the water from Vellore district to Tamil Naduâ€™s capital is being carried out on a war-footing.
The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Edappadi K Palaniswami, last week, announced that 10 Million Litres per Day (MLD) of water will be brought from Jolarpettai to Chennai in railway wagons for the next six months to tackle the acute water crisis that the city is facing. He also allocated Rs 65 crore for the project. The plan was to tap into the water from the Vellore Combined Drinking Water Supply Scheme which is fed by water from river Cauvery.
As per the latest update, the pipes needed to transport water from the Mettuchakkarakuppam storage tank, which has Cauvery water, to the goods yard in Jolarpettai junction railway station, have been brought to the location and the work will begin on Monday. A team of engineers from the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (CMWSSB) and Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board (TWAD) will be monitoring the works.
The water thus received from Jolarpettai will be taken to the CMWSSB facility in Villivakkam from where it will be sent to Kilpauk water treatment plant. The water will be treated there and then supplied to Central Chennai area.
The announcement by the Chief Minister was stiffly opposed by the DMK whose Treasurer and Katpadi MLA Durai Murugan, said that protests will take place if water is taken from Vellore to Chennai. However, he retracted his statement after it was met with outrage from the ruling AIADMK and the members of the general public.
This announcement came at a press meet organised by the Chief Minister after a review meeting about the water situation in the capital city.