A special train carrying water from Jolarpettai in Vellore district to meet the water crisis, reached the Chennai city on Friday afternoon.
The 50 wagon train left Jolarpettai and reached Villivakkam Railway station. Each wagon was carrying 50,000 litres of water, totalling 25 lakh litres.
At present, the Southern Railway plans to operate one train to agument the water needs of the city and might make it to two trips a day in the days to come, sources said.
The water from the wagons would be transported to the Kilpauk pumping station for distribution across the city.
Transporting water by train comes in the backdrop of Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami’s announcement to transport ten million litres of water daily from Jolarpettai to tide over the water crisis. He also announced allocation of Rs 65 crore for this purpose.