Gandhinagar: Leader of opposition Paresh Dhanani has demanded the state government set up desalination plants on its own, instead of roping in private sector companies to set up eight desalination plants in coastal areas of the state.

Speaking in the Gujarat assembly on Wednesday, Dhanani said that eight seawater desalination plants have been approved, each at a cost of Rs 700 crore.

“The cost of setting up these eight plants is expected to be Rs 5,600 crore, but the government will pay Rs 59,247.84 crore over the next 25 years for freshwater,” Dhanani said in the assembly.