For drought-hit Chennai, a special train carrying 2.5 million litres of water arrived from Jolarpet. According to a Southern Railway official, a special 50-wagon train carrying water from Tamil Nadu's Vellore district reached Chennai this afternoon. The first train carrying water from Jolarpet railway station in Vellore district to Chennai left for the state capital early this morning. Each wagon of the special train, which was flagged off from the Jolarpet station, has the capacity to carry 50,000 litres of water.
The state government led by Chief Minister K Palaniswami had earlier announced to transport 10 million litres of water daily by rail from Jolarpet to meet the water demands of the parched Chennai. The CM said that a sum of Rs 65 crore had been allocated for this purpose. Currently, the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (Chennai Metro Water) is supplying about 525 million litres per day (MLD) in the state capital.