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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Toyota sells 258 million vehicles globally in first quarter outpacing General Motors

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press Posted Apr 22, 2014 11:26 pm MDT Toyota sells 2.58 million vehicles globally in first quarter, outpacing General Motors, VW TOKYO – Toyota kept its position at the top in global vehicle sales for the first quarter of this year, outpacing rivals General Motors and Volkswagen.Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday that it sold a record 2.583 million vehicles in the January-March period, putting the Japanese automaker ahead of Detroit-based GM at 2.42 million and Volkswagen of Germany at 2.4 million.Toyota’s first quarter sales rose by more than 6 per cent from the same period the previous year. GM’s sales grew 2 per cent, while Volkswagen’s added nearly 6 per cent.Toyota finished first last year with a record 9.98 million vehicles in sales, remaining the top-selling automaker for a second year in a row. General Motors Co. finished second and VW third.Toyota is targeting sales of more than 10 million vehicles this year. No automaker has sold that many in a year. Toyota officials say being No. 1 is not that important, and they want to be No. 1 in customer satisfaction.But competition is intense among all the world’s automakers, and clinching the top-selling automaker crown is not taken lightly.By region, Toyota’s first quarter sales grew in Japan as consumers rushed to buy ahead of a rise in the sales tax, which kicked in April 1. Its sales also grew in the rest of Asia, the Middle East, South America and Africa, according to Toyota.General Motors had been the No. 1 selling automaker for more than seven decades before losing the title to Toyota in 2008.GM retook the sales crown in 2011, when Toyota’s production was hurt by the quake and tsunami in northeastern Japan. But the maker of the Prius hybrid, Camry sedan and Lexus luxury model made a comeback in 2012, and kept that lead in 2013.GM’s image has taken a hit after a February recall of 2.6 million vehicles for defective ignition switches, a defect the company tied to 13 deaths.GM and the U.S. government are investigating why it took the company more than a decade to recall the cars after engineers first learned of the switch problems.Toyota also underwent a massive recall debacle in the U.S., announcing recall after recall starting in 2009. It paid a $1.2 billion earlier this year to settle a U.S. Justice Department investigation into charges of covering up problems that caused unintended acceleration in some cars.From 2010 through 2012, Toyota paid fines totalling more than $66 million for delays in reporting safety problems. Toyota agreed last year to pay more than $1 billion to owners of its cars who claimed to have suffered economic losses because of the recalls. The company still faces wrongful death and injury lawsuits.Volkswagen is growing so quickly in China and other relatively new markets it is close on the heels of its two longtime rivals.__Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at twitter.com/yurikageyama read more

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