New Delhi, July 12: Water for parched Chennai will reach the city at around 2 pm on Friday, the railways has said, adding that a train with 50 tank wagons (BTPN), with 50,000 litres of water in each, left Jolarpettai at 7.20 am. The train is expected to reach Villivakkam around 2.00 pm where it will inaugurated by Tamil Nadu ministers, officials said. Water Crisis in India: 17 Percent of Cities And Towns Face Water Shortage, Full List of Urban Areas Identified as 'Water Stressed'.
Jolarpettai is 217 km away from Chennai in Tamil Nadu's Vellore district. The train was supposed to reach on Thursday, but leakages in the valves led to the delay. Chennai has been grappling with an acute water crisis over the past four months. The southern metropolis is facing a daily water deficit of at least 200 million litres, and the four reservoirs supplying to the city have run dry. Tamil Nadu Faces Severe Water Shortage As Borewells Go Dry, Chennai Worst Affected.
The rich haven't been spared either, but their suffering is nothing compared to the working class. Rampant unplanned development, deficient monsoon last year coupled with inadequate urban planning has brought Chennai to its knees. The Tamil Nadu government had earlier requested the railways to help them ferry the water to the city.