After suffering from the worst kind of water crisis for over a decade where even contaminated water was scarce, the Balochistan government has claimed to have started clean water supply to only two cities.
Sources said that the previous two governments (five years of rule each) only inked memorandums of understanding for supply of water, but did not bother implementing them.Severe water shortage hits most parts of Quetta.
“The provincial government has been utilising all available resources to resolve the water crisis in Quetta and Gwadar,” said caretaker Balochistan Minister for Public Health Engineering Naveed Ahmed Kalmati while addressing a press conference at the Quetta Press Club on Saturday.
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.
He stated this on Monday while speaking at a briefing held at the Governor House to review progress on the K-IV Greater Karachi Water Supply Scheme being built with the support of the federal government.