Chennai | Jagran News Desk: Recording-breaking summers and scorching heat have forced several parts in India face one of the most severe water crisis ever recorded in the country's history. Some states ran out of drinking water, throwing the normal life out of gear.

Chennai tops the chart where the scarcity of water is touching new heights every day. The Palaniswami-led state government, which has been accused by the opposition of overlooking the crisis, has started a train service that will bring an additional 10 million litres of water per day in Chennai, which will help in overcoming the acute scarcity of water in the city.

A train, decorated with flowers and poster of 'Drinking Water for Chennai', left for the city on Friday from Jolarpet railway station in Vellore.

50 wagons from Rajasthan, each with a capacity of 54,000 litre, were brought and attached to the train to carry water to Chennai. However, each wagon will carry 50,000 litres of water.

The train will take up four trips per day and will carry 25 Lakh litres of water. Each trip will cost Rs 8 lakh 45 thousand. The state government of Tamil Nadu will bear the cost of the trips. Moreover, CM Palaniswami has sanctioned an amount of Rs 65 crore for this project.

Around 100 inlet pipes installed near the railway tracks would be used to discharge 2.5 million litres of water in all the wagons to be sent to a treatment plant after passing through a conduit, an official of Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board said.

The train was supposed to reach Chennai on Thursday, but leakages in the valves led to the delay. Jolarpettai is 217 km away from the southern metropolis. All the arrangements took around 20 days of time to complete.

Chennai has been grappling with an acute water crisis over the past few 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.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma