Madras High Court puts on hold commissioning of desalination plant in Chennai; postpones hearing till 1 October – Chennai – India
The Madras High Court has restrained Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board from issuing work order to successful bidder of the contract for construction of third desalination plant at Nemmeli till further orders.
Justice V Bharathidasan gave the interim order on Tuesday on the petition by Suez International, a French company seeking to declare it as the only technically qualified bidder in the tender floated by the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (CMWSSB) for construction of the 150 MLD plant.
An unprecedented water supply crisis is developing. The environment department needs to immediately begin work to identify 20 hectares plots one each in north and south Goa and call for global tenders to build two ultramodern mega desalination plants.
A provision of `1000 crores need to be made in the budget estimates, 2019-20 for two plants costing `500 crores each with capacity of 100 million liters per day (MLD) enough to augment and supply water to one million people.
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.