To meet the water needs of the dry and thirsty Chennai, the Tamil Nadu government plans to transport 10 million litres of water daily by rail from Jolarpettai in Vellore district.
This was announced by the state CM K Palaniswami, who also welcomed Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s offer to supply water to Tamil Nadu.
It may be mentioned here that Vijayan’s office on Thursday had offered to supply 20 lakh litres of drinking water to the state by train.
Palaniswami also informed that the Tamil Nadu government had written to Kerala requesting whether it could release 20 lakh litres of water per day.
Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (Chennai Metro) informed that Cholavaram (full capacity 1,081 million cubic feet (mcft)) and Redhills (full capacity 3,300 mcft) reservoirs that supply water to Chennai have run dry and there is only 1 mcft of water left in Chembarambakkam lake (against a full capacity of 3,645 mcft) and 21 mcft water left in Poondi reservoir (against a full capacity of 3,231 mcft).
Earlier, at a meeting that he chaired in the Secretariat to take stock of the water situation in the state, Palaniswami ordered allocation of Rs 200 crore for drinking water schemes in Tamil Nadu. This is in addition to Rs 710 crore allocated earlier.