The project, that will supply 150 million litres a day, is likely to be launched in Nemmeli on Thursday, Metrowater officials said. The plant will cater to residents of several areas, including Velachery, Palavakkam and Perungudi.
Chennai: Water starved Chennai is all set to get some relief as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami Friday said 10 million litres would be transported from Jolarpet in Vellore district by train to augment supply.
This initiative will be carried on for six months and Rs 65 crore has been set apart for the purpose, he said. Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board has been allocated Rs 158.42 crore for water distribution here, he said.
Tamil Nadu reels under water crisis, IT firms and hotels in Chennai severely hit by shortage – Chennai
The Porur Lake in Chennai, which is considered one of the main sources of water for the city, is almost at its lowest ever level and the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board is now banking on water from desalination plants and stone quarries in Kanchipuram district, India Today had reported.
The water crisis has affected almost every sector, including information technology, hospitals and restaurants. Some IT companies in Chennai have asked employees to work from home, The News Minute reported last week.
Even as the state of Tamil Nadu is in the throes of a severe water crisis, the Madras High Court has pulled up the state government on measures it has taken. The state government has been directed to file a report on how it has addressed the issue by June 17.
According to a report in The Hindu, the court was hearing cases filed against the commercial exploitation of groundwater from the outskirts of the city. In particular, one public interest litigation (PIL) from a resident of Vellore district had alleged that sewage was being allowed to flow through into a water channel.
The Tamil Nadu government is likely to approach Andhra Pradesh for seeking its share of Krishna water as soon as the latter starts getting heavy inflows in its reservoirs after the southwest monsoon progresses.
The availability of Krishna water has become critical to Chennai, which is in the midst of an acute water shortage. Even though Chennai Metro Water Supply and Sewerage Board is making efforts to tap every conceivable source, this will, at best, sustain the water supply of around 500 million litres a day (MLD).
CHENNAI: Faced with the onerous task of quenching the thirst of a city that’s being whittled down by a rising population and failing rain, the government has unveiled a plan to set up five mini-desalination plants of one million litre capacity each.
The plants, costing Rs120 crore, will start operation at Kasimedu, Thiruvottiyur, Triplicane, MRC Nagar and Thiruvanmiyur within the next six months, said a Chennai Water Supply and Sewerage Board proposal.
CHENNAI: Acute water shortage has affected the hospitality industry, with hotels welcoming guests with caution notice and restaurants replacing plates with plantain leaves. Being one of the largest water guzzling sectors, hotels and restaurants largely depend on private tankers for sourcing water.
While the hospitality industry has taken contingency measures to tackle the looming crisis, hotel associations are raising concern over a possible shutdown if tankers cut down the supply. South India Hotels and Restaurants Association (SIHRA) secretary T Natarajan said that hotels urge guests to conserve water.
“In the welcome letters, we appeal to our guests to be prudent over water usage in the light of prevailing water shortage. So far, private water tankers have been supplying water — at a huge cost,” he said.
Aware of the grim water situation facing the city, Metrowater has initiated about a dozen measures, including erection of new borewells with power pumps, setting up additional filling points and extending operation of tanker lorries. The most serious problem surrounds the level of water in the reservoirs at Poondi, Cholavaram, Red Hills and Chembarambakkam.
Cholavaram, the smallest with a total capacity of 1,081 million cubic feet, on Friday had a mere 9 million cubic feet of water. Officials had stopped the drawing from its dead storage level since a few days ago, said Metrowater executive director T Prabhushankar.
Metrowater managers say the supply situation isn’t too bad with 180 million litres a day piped from Veeranam lake and an equal quantity from the two desalination plants too, but cause for worry is the depletion of the groundwater table in the city.
If needed, more water could be drawn from the wells. Water drawn from these wells is pumped into the Puzhal reservoir. After treatment, the water is piped to Anna Nagar, Kilpauk, Kolathur, Korattur, Ambattur and up to Nungambakkam lake area in the heart of the city, a senior officer said.
The Veeranam lake that was dug more than 1,000 years ago by the Chola kings in the then South Arcot district of Tamil Nadu has become a saviour for the city. Many residents are unaware that the lake meets more than 35% of city’s water requirement. Now, the lake is brimming with water due to the release from Mettur dam.
A Metrowater engineer said the total capacity of the lake is 1,465 million cubic feet (mcft) of water. Currently, 6 mcft, or 180 million litres, is being drawn from the lake every day. This water reaches the city through pipes passing through Villupuram and Kancheepuram districts.