Mumbai civic body’s desalination plant project: Why not focus on water conservation, ask experts – India
Even as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is planning to revive its decade-old proposal to develop a desalination plant in the city to convert seawater into potable water, experts have said that the issue has brought back focus on the need for water conservation by way of harvesting and fixing leakages on Mumbai’s 6,000-km-long pipeline network.
The agriculture sector is not the only area that is affected by the water problems in the mentioned regions since most of the cities located in the said areas like Isfahan and Yazd are industrial centers and water shortage is severely impacting the production efficiency of the industrial units in the mentioned cities.
Some 163 trillion rials (about $3.88 billion) has been invested in the mentioned project which is being implemented by the Energy Ministry in collaboration with the Industry, Mining, and Trade Ministry.
The Expert Appraisal Committee of the Environment Ministry has recommended CRZ (Coastal Regulation Zone) clearance to a project of the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (CMWSSB) to provide comprehensive water supply to Madipakkam, Mathur, Jalladampettai and Uthandi village.
The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), the developer behind Saudi Arabia’s flagship The Red Sea Project, is set to award a total of nearly SAR 15 billion ($4 billion) in contracts by the end of 2020.
Present to receive the order was ONWR Secretary-General Somkiat Prajamwong, who strongly supported the move to resolve the water shortages. Also present was Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew and government spokesperson Narumon Pinyosinwat.
Deputy PM Prawit this morning was brought up to speed on the recurring issue of Phuket running out of mains supply water that leaves residents in certain areas, notably the poor neighbourhood in Soi Kingkaew, Rassada, without tap water for months.
The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) has revealed it has awarded more than 500 contracts to international and local firms – totalling around $2 billion – since its flagship regenerative tourism initiative, the Red Sea Project, was announced in July 2017.
At a specially arranged press conference held today, the firm said that these contracts had included awards for the design, build and operation of state-of-the-art accommodation and facilities at the Red Sea Project, adding that it expects a roll-out of new contracts by the end of 2020 to take aggregate commitments to a total approaching $4 billion.