Minister reviews progress of the ₹1,516.82-crore project at Nemmeli and asks the CMWSSB officials to complete the work by July; Minister also visits the proposed site at Perur for building a 400 mld desalination plant
During the MVA government’s tenure, the BMC had chosen a desalination plant at Manori, over the Gargai dam project, citing potential destruction of the Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary. It had appointed an Israeli company, IDE Water Technologies Ltd., to prepare a proposal. The plant is estimated to supply 200 million litres of water daily in the initial stage.
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The plant is expected to be functional in the next four years and will process 200 million litres of water per day (MLD). Additional Municipal Commissioner (Projects) P Velrasu confirmed the development.
Officials also said that the plant’s capacity could later be increased to 400MLD, if needed. The project is estimated to cost Rs1,600 crore and maintenance for the next 20 years will cost another Rs1,920 crore.
Another official said Chennai’s water demand stood at 1,400 MLD while the supply was 1,060 MLD. To bridge this gap, it was imperative to identify additional sources. That is why the third desalination project is being carried out in Nemmeli.
Mumbai at present gets its daily intake water from seven lakes. Their catchment areas are filled during monsoon, following which, water is being supplied across the city through pipelines. Though the city has a demand for 4,400 millions of litres per day (MLD) of water daily, BMC can only supply around 3,800 MLD — a shortfall of 500-600 MLD.
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The project by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation is set to come up on 12 hectares of land at Manori village. The proposed plant will be equipped to supply 200 million litres of water.
…the supply of water is a trickle at 3,800 MLD as against the daily demand of 4,200 MLD. The civic body, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), has turned futuristic and proposed to set up a desalination plant to transform the natural saline water from the Arabian Sea to quench the thirst of Mumbai residents.
The state government has planned to set up at least four desalination plants, with the first one in Srikakulam district.
The project is estimated to cost around 400 crore.
The ₹5,000-crore plant with a capacity to treat 400 million litres of water per day is coming up at Perur and is expected to be ready by July 2026.
Work in progress
Meanwhile, work on the third desalination plant of 150 mld capacity coming up on 10.5 acres of land at Nemmeli is apace. Officials said about 60% of the work has been completed so far. Of the 23 treatment units, construction of 18 structures is in progress.
Presently the plant is supplying 30 Million Litres per day (MLD) for MRPL’s uses. Built at a cost of Rs 677 crores the plant will be expanded to 70 MLD capacity in the next phase.
Nearly 75.29 million litres of water is being supplied to the southern parts of the city daily now. Though the plant has a capacity to treat 110 mld of seawater, production is restricted to balance more drawal of water from the reservoirs. Water supply has not been stopped as the work is being taken up in phases.