In a move to eliminate severe water crisis in Chennai, the Tamil Nadu government will start sourcing drinking water from Jolarpettai in the city in two weeks, according to an announcement from Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami.
The government has sanctioned funds of ₹65 crore for transporting 10 MLD (million litres per day) drinking water from Jolarpettai to Chennai for six months. The state government thanked Kerala government for its offer for providing 2 million litres of water but rejected the offer by pointing out that it wouldn’t be enough.
During an interaction with reporters at the Secretariat in Chennai on Friday, Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami said: “I thank the Kerala government for making the offer. However, 2 million litres is not sufficient. Our requirement is 525 MLD. If 2 MLD is provided, it would be useful.”
When asked about the plans that how the water will be sourced from Jolarpettai, CM said the government have a plan and will be working on it.
According to the reports, Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (CMWSSB) is reportedly reviewing ways to bring 10 MLD water to Chennai using a train with 50 wagons.
This scheme is being implemented after the CM announced that Rs 65 crore has been allocated to bring water from Jolarpettai by train.
Following the announcement, senior officials of Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board (TWAD), CMWSSB and Southern Railway, conducted surveys of the water bodies in Jolapettai on Saturday. According to the plan, the surplus water which is being supplied to Vellore through the Mettur drinking water project will be diverted to Chennai. The survey report will be then submitted to the Secretariat who will take a further decision on the plan.
To supply 10 MLD water to Chennai, a 50-wagon train would have to make four trips as the capacity of the train is around 2.6 million litres. The water will then be treated in Kilpauk and supplied to parts in northern and central Chennai till Triplicane.
However, Chief Minister’s move didn’t convince the rivals. DMK’s Duraimurugan warned the state government to not to execute the plan.
Duraimurugan, at an event in Vellore, said that if the government takes water from Vellore, then this would erupt massive protests in the district.
SP Velumani, the Minister for Local Administration and Water Supply, in response, assured that taking 10 MLD of water from Vellore will not decrease the supply across the district in any way.
This is the second time that water is being brought in Chennai through wagons. In 2001, water was being brought from Erode to Chennai due to water shortage in the city.