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120/2024-25 07-05-2024
Railways effectively manages the water supply arrangements at Dr MGR Chennai Central and Chennai Egmore Railway Stations

A section of the media has wrongly reported that there is water scarcity at Chennai area railway stations. In this connection, Railways would like to highlight the efforts taken by the Railway administration to effectively manage the water requirements during the o­ngoing summer season.

Water supply arrangements in Chennai area

The water supply demand at Dr MGR Chennai Central and Chennai Egmore (including coach watering arrangements) is mainly being met with water supply from Chennai Metro Water Supply & Sewerage Board and with available resources in Railway premises.

Basin Bridge Coaching Depot, which maintains around 45 trains, has a demand of 51.72 lakh litres of water per day, of which 38.11 lakh litres is being met by Chennai Metro Water Supply & Sewerage Board (CMWSSB) and 13.61 lakhs litres is being met through Borewell and supply by lorries.

Dr MGR Chennai Central railway station requires 11.63 lakh litres of water per day for maintenance and coach watering.  Of this, 0.85 lakh litres is being met by Chennai Metro Water Supply & Sewerage Board (CMWSSB) while Borewell and lorries supply 10.77 lakh litres every day.

The demand of 3.5 lakh litres per day at Chennai Suburban Terminal (MMC) is being fully met by Chennai Metro Water Supply & Sewerage Board (CMWSSB).

Chennai Egmore railway station posts a demand of 23.70 lakh litres per day of which 5 lakh litres is supplied by Chennai Metro Water Supply & Sewerage Board (CMWSSB) and 18.70 lakh litres is being met through Borewell and supply by lorries.

From the above, it is evident that there is no shortage of water till date and the requirement of 90.56 lakh litres of water per day is fully met through the combined resources of Chennai Metro Water Supply & Sewerage Board and  through Railway borewell/tanker lorries.  All the trains maintained at Basin Bridge and Gopalsamy Nagar Depot at Chennai Egmore are cleaned using recycled water and watering of coaches is being done during daily maintenance.

Water supply arrangements at enroute stations

Southern Railway has made standby arrangements for watering at Katpadi, Jolarpettai, Salem and Erode stations in Chennai – Erode/Bengaluru route.  All pass-through trains skipping Dr MGR Chennai Central are watered at either Katpadi or Jolarpettai based o­n operational feasibility. Similarly, standby arrangements for watering has been made at Chengalpattu, Villupuram, Madurai and Tirunelveli for Trains in the Chennai Egmore – Tirunelveli sector.

Railway Officials responsible for watering of coaches at stations are sensitised and mandated to monitor the water supply and availability in real time basis without any lapse.

Passengers can use the Rail Madad app for lodging complaints about lack of services in trains and in the stations which will help the Railways to serve better.

Southern Railway appeals to passengers and rail users to avoid wastage of water at railway stations and o­n board trains


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