Chennai: With the state government giving the nod to bring water from Jolarpet through wagons, the officials of the CMWSSB and ICF here held a detailed discussion to chalk out an action plan to fetch the water so as to ensure hassle-free distribution to the parched city.
According to sources, water brought through railway wagons from Jolarpet, in neighbouring Vellore district, will be taken to Kilpauk and from there distributed water through pipelines. It has also been planned to get water from the Combined Drinking Water Scheme at Mettusakkarakuppam in Vellore district through pipes to Jolarpet and then by wagons. Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palanisami had on Friday while acknowledging water crisis in Chennai, announced that the government plans to bring 10 MLD water to Chennai by railway wagons for the next six months. He said about Rs.65 crore had been allocated for the purpose.
Meanwhile, fisheries minister D. Jayakumar who participated in a special yagam for rains, on Saturday appealed to the people to plant a sapling. "If each one of us plant a sapling, then there will six crore trees. Green cover would help to bring rains and the much needed oxygen," Mr. Jayakumar who planted a sapling, said. Speaking to reporters here he said there had been enormous criticism when former Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa made rainwater harvesting (RWH) structures mandatory for all buildings.
"But now due to water crisis in the city, people are talking about RWH system. Amma had introduced the scheme with much foresight," he said and added one should bestow thought for the next generation.