Train carrying water from Jolarpettai arrives in parched Chennai

first_imgChennai: A train carrying 2.5 million litres of water arrived in Chennai, which has been grappling with an acute water crisis over the past few months, officials said Friday.The train with 50 tank wagons (BTPN), carrying 50,000 litres of water in each of them from Jolarpettai in Tamil Nadu’s Vellore district, reached the filling station at the Integral Coach Factory Yard in Villivakkam Friday afternoon. 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. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”After treatment it would be sent for distribution. This arrangement has been made for the next six months until the (advent of the) north-east monsoon,” the official 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. The initiative would be formally inaugurated by Tamil Nadu Ministers later in the day, the official said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedChennai 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. The Tamil Nadu government had earlier requested the railways to help them ferry the water to the city. Earlier, Chief Minister K Palaniswami had announced mitigating Chennai’s water woes by getting drinking water supplied from Jolarpettai with an allocation of Rs 65 crore.last_img read more

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Officials Say Hosting CAN Needs Full Attention, Mobilization

Rabat – Morocco’s Minister of Sports and Youths Rachid Talbi Alami has finally spoken about why Morocco won’t compete to host the 1991 African Cup of Nations (CAN).Alami said that it has never been the plan for Morocco to organize the CAN 2019 or replace Cameroon.“It has never been a candidate or thought to do so,” Alami told RFI. He added that the decision requires a major attention. “Everyone must mobilize to succeed. To organize something professional, this has to be plannedin advance, which is not the case.”He added that Morocco will host the 2019 All-Africa Games next summer, and that Morocco is mobilizing its assets to make the event successful. “We cannot make a decision like that  six months of the event coming,” he said.After the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) decision to strip the hosting rights from Cameroon earlier this month, international media speculated that Morocco and South Africa could be a possible replacement to Cameroon.Read Also: Minister of Sports Confirms Morocco Will Not Bid for CAN 2019However, when CAF announced the re-launch of the bidding process, Morocco remained silence which surprised and resulted in rumors and speculations from international media.On Wednesday, an Algerian media outlet took speculations too far, claiming that Morocco is fearful of Algeria. The news outlet said that Algeria is Morocco’s reason  for not hosting the tournament.The news outlet also claimed that Morocco did not present any clear reasons for its refusal to replace Cameroon as “it owns the facilities and stadiums that allow it to do so, but the real reason is apparent.”Before CAF’s decision to eliminate Cameroon, Moroccan officials vowed full support for Cameroon, denying that Morocco wants  to replace it.In March, President of Morocco’s Royal Football Federation (FRMF) Fouzi Lekjaa said that Morocco ‘is alongside our Cameroonian friends.”He added that FRMF is at “the disposal of the Cameroonian Federation to make the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon,” and “the rumors are over.Egypt is now expected to submit its bid to host the 2019 CAN. read more

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