The water supply to Chennai from Jolarpettai is all set to double from this weekend as an additional rake is expected to be put into service shortly.
According to reports, Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (CMWSSB) has requested for another rake with 50 wagons to transport water from Jolarpettai to Chennai. Once a second rake in put into operation, Chennai will receive 5.5 million litres of water a day from Jolarpettai. The additional rake is expected to be available from July 20.
The initial request made by CMWSSB to Railways was to arrange for four rakes so that 11 million litres of water can be transported to Chennai in a day. However, initially only one rake was ready for use by CMWSSB and hence 2.75 million litres of water is being moved to Chennai every day at present.
The special water train starts from Jolarpettai around 7pm every day and reaches Villivakkam around midnight. The train makes a single trip every day between the two places.
The water thus received is being taken to the CMWSSB facility in Villivakkam from where it is pumped to the Kilpauk water treatment plant. The treated water is then being supplied to Central Chennai area.
The first trip by the 50-wagon train was made from Jolarpettai to Chennai on July 12.
Chennai, which has been reeling under a severe water crisis, heaved a temporary sigh of relief last month when the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister announced that the city will receive 10 Million Litres per Day (MLD) of water from Jolarpettai for the next six months to tide over the crisis. The Chief Minister has also allocated Rs 65 crore for the project. The plan was to tap water from the Vellore Combined Drinking Water Supply Scheme which is fed by Cauvery water from Mettur dam.