Desalination plants may be the lifeline of Gulf countries, but severe water shortage is forcing even the Karnataka government to set up one in coastal Karnataka, a region that receives good rainfall and has a number of rivers.

With Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister TB Jayachandra approving the techno economical feasibility report to establish the state’s first desalination plant for potable water supply to Mangaluru City at an estimated cost Rs 805 crore, we take a look at the ins and outs of the project.