Chennai

Southern Railway paves way for water conservation

At a time when the city is reeling from a severe water crisis, Southern Railway — which needs water for various train maintenance purposes and for providing drinking water to commuters — has been able to conserve water by using recycled water and by tapping the resource from a waterbody in Kancheepuram district.

Southern Railway operates several long-distance trains from the Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. MGR Central and Egmore railway stations and these trains, having over 20 coaches, have to be cleaned regularly.

The coaches also require water for drinking, as well as for flushing in toilets.

While the railway department uses grey water for coach cleaning, it transports water from a lake near Chengalpattu to meet the drinking water needs of commuters.

A senior official of the Southern Railway said to conserve water, two recycling plants were operating at Basin Bridge and Egmore, where maintenance yards are located.

Recycling water

The official said the Basin Bridge recycling plant had the capacity to convert 4.50 lakh litres a day and the Egmore yard could recyle 1 lakh litres a day.

Recycled water is used only for washing trains and cleaning tracks.

It transports water to the two railway stations through wagons fitted with synthetic tanks. The 10-coach water train, fitted with 5,000 and 6,000-litre synthetic tanks, are operated every two or three days.

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