Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd., (MRPL), has begun preparatory work for the State’s first seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant on the 13 acres of land leased out by New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT) here.
THE proposed desalination plant at Nemmeli will cost the State Rs 2,100 crore more than the initial estimate of Rs 3,912 crore. A detailed project report (DPR) for the 400-MLD plant has revised the estimate to Rs 6,078 crores.
The first estimate was done in 2013 when a DPR was prepared. But because of GST and an increase in material cost, the estimation has been revised and the tender process is expected to begin soon, said an official at the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply & Sewerage Board.
The Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (CMWSSB) has urged the Madras High Court to dismiss a writ petition filed against the tender called for establishing a 150 MLD (million litres per day) sea water reverse osmosis desalination plant to be set up at Nemmeli on the East Coast Road here at a cost of ₹1,259.38 crore.
In a counter affidavit filed before Justice T. Raja who was seized of the writ petition filed by a private firm from Ranchi, the Board said, the desalination plant was a prestigious and important project being funded by Kreditanstalt fur Wideraufbau (KfW), a German funding agency, and delay in implementation could lead to cancellation of the funding.
The Madras High Court has extended till July 10 the operation of the status quo ordered earlier, in the matter of calling for tenders for setting up an 150-MLD sea water desalination plant in Nemmeli on the East Coast Road.
Justice T Raja granted the extension while passing interim orders on a plea by Singh Electricals and Constructions seeking to quash tender notification issued by Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewage Board in 2016.
The ever-increasing demand for potable water is exerting tremendous stress on our existing consumable water resources. Water covers a little over 70 per cent of the earths surface, and by this we erroneously presume that there is adequate potable water. Realistically, only 3 per cent of this water is potable.
According to a study in Science Advances, some African and Asian countries face severe water scarcity for almost the entire year. The same study also reveals that India suffers from water scarcity for over seven months a year.
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.
Residents of Krishnapuram and nearby villages staged a protest at the Collectorate, demanding the closure of South Ganga Water Technology Private Limited, a private desalination plant, alleging that its effluents posed serious health hazards. Led by M. Karunamurthy, district secretary of the CITU affiliated to Tamil Nadu Meenpidi Thozhirsanga Koottamaippu, people from Krishnapuram, Pudukudiuruppu and Panaikulam thronged the Collectorate here on Thursday and raising slogans, demanding the permanent closure of the plant. Earlier, they gathered at the entrance of the Collectorate complex and attempted to take march blindfolded, but Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Natarajan persuaded them to give up the stir. Later, they assembled inside the Collectorate and staged the agitation. Mr. Karunamurthy said after the district administration ordered suspension of operation of the plant in July last, for failing to set right the infrastructures and carrying out modifications as per the guidelines, the management produced completion certificates and the Revenue Divisional Officer (RDO) has permitted the company to resume operations from January. The protestors objected to the permission, alleging that the plant had done enough problems to the residents of Krishnapuram and nearby villages and it should not be allowed to operate until it was held accountable especially for polluting the groundwater sources and the local oorani (water body) by letting out chemical effluents. Two people have died of kidney ailments after consuming the contaminated water and the plant should be held responsible for the deaths, Mr. Karunamurthy said. The villagers also opposed to desilting the Annavi Oorani, which was used by the plant to store the effluents. The water body was the only evidence for the destruction caused by the plant and the desilting would amount to destroying the evidence, they said. They urged Collector S. Natarajan to cancel the permission order given by the RDO and protect their interests. The Collector said he would look into the issue and take necessary action. The 0.5 MLD desalination plant had been functioning in the village since 2005 and has been supplying treated water to the gas based power plants at Vazhuthur.