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E coli count along Mumbai’s coastline on the mend but still above permissible limits – Mumbai – India

Bacteria count along Mumbai’s coastline is decreasing gradually but remains way above the permissible limits.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s recent Environment Status Report (ESR), 2019-20, states that E coli (or Escherichia coli), which can cause anything from dysentery to meningitis if ingested, continues to have a high count along the city’s coastline.

While a safe E coli count is 100 colony forming units (CFU) per 100 millilitres (ml) of water, in Bandra the bacteria has been recorded at 500 CFU — the highest in the city.

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BMC revives desalination plant plan to meet Mumbai’s water needs – India

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to revive its plan to set up a desalination plant to turn seawater into potable water through reverse osmosis, in an effort to tackle the water crisis plaguing Mumbai due to uneven rainfall.

BMC is in talks with an Israel-based company and, as per preliminary reports, the civic body is considering an area near the sea in Malad for the plant.

The plant will have a capacity of 200 million litres daily (MLD), requiring about 25 acres.

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Residents of Kannagi Nagar and Ezhil Nagar complain of erratic water supply – Chennai – India

For three months now, water supply to the Kannagi Nagar and Ezhil Nagar tenements has been erratic and of poor quality, residents have complained.

Water stored in underground sumps and supplied through hand pumps is the only water source for the nearly 23,700 tenements in Kannagi Nagar and about 8,000 tenements in Ezhil Nagar.

N. Mallika, a resident of Kannagi Nagar, said much of the water collected often has to be wasted as it was either discoloured or had a foul smell.

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One year after the drought: Has Chennai learned from its water crisis? – India

One year ago, Chennai suffered a historic drought. For nearly 200 days, the metropolis of 7 million people facing the Bay of Bengal in eastern India went without a drop of rain, pushing it to breaking point.

Already strained by a burgeoning population, water supply eventually hit rock bottom, upending the economy and the lives of the city’s residents.

As families across Chennai struggled to find water to wash, cook and keep businesses afloat, the state of Tamil Nadu came under fire for failing to prepare for and deal with the crippling shortage.

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IIT Madras Develops Low-Cost System To Concentrate Solar Energy – New Delhi

The Indian Institute of Technology Madras, or IIT Madras, has developed a solar ‘parabolic trough collector’ (PTC) system for concentrating solar energy for industrial applications like desalination, space heating and space cooling.

The PTC is lightweight and has been developed to have high energy efficiency. It is designed to function under India’s various climatic and load conditions, said a statement issued by IIT Madras.

The research was led by Prof K Srinivas Reddy, Heat Transfer and Thermal Power Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Madras and his team member Mr C Ananthsornaraj.

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ACWA Power Inks 3.6 GW Gas Power Plant in Bangladesh – Bangladesh

ACWA Power, a global leader in water desalination and power generation, announced signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) for a LNG-based power plant and terminal in Bangladesh. As part of the agreement.

ACWA Power will target the development of 3,600 MW gas fired Independent Power Plants representing a total investment amount of approx. USD $2.5 billion, that will help meet the country’s growing power demand.

The Gas Power Plant project will consist of the intended power plants as well as a regasification terminal on-ground with an expected additional investment of approximately USD $500 million. The plant will potentially be located in Maheshkhali, or an alternate location, upon completion of the feasibility study.

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Desalination plant near Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park to get CRZ clearance – India

The Tamil Nadu Water and Drainage Board’s (TWAD) proposal to set up a 60 MLD Sea Water Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) plant at Kuthiraimozhi village in Ramanathapuram has been recommended for CRZ clearance by the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) of the Environment Ministry after a modified proposal was submitted.

The proposal was earlier not cleared owing to the location being within the eco-senstive zone of the Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park, to be precise, only 25 metres from its boundary.

The TWAD filed a modified proposal to the EAC for clearance submitting that the intake and brine disposal point has been shifted away the eco-sensitive area.

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Rs 12.13 bn released for CPEC projects under PSDP 2019-20 – Pakistan

The government has so far released development funds of over Rs 12.13 billion for various development projects of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) under its Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2019-20.

According to latest data issued by the ministry of Planning on Thursday, the government had allocated Rs 18 billion for around 20 projects of CPEC for the year 2019-20.

For construction of KKH phase-II Havelian-Thakot (118.057 M) part of CPEC, the government released Rs 2 billion out of total allocation of Rs 2.238 billion. The government has also released Rs 1.8 billion for preliminary design for up-gradation of main line (ML-1) and establishment of dryport near Havelian under the CPEC.

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South Chennai to get water from alternative sources – India

Chennai Metrowater is drawing additional water from Chembarambakkam reservoir to maintain piped water supply in south Chennai to offset the gap in distribution following the shutdown of the desalination plant in Nemmeli.

The water agency stopped supply from the desalination plant since Tuesday.

The plant has a capacity to supply 100 million litres a day to various parts of south Chennai. It has, however, resumed piped water supply with alternative sources from waterbodies in Chembarambakkam and Veeranam.

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Water supply in south Chennai to be affected – India

Piped water supply to several areas in south Chennai may be affected for 15 days, from March 17, as Chennai Metrowater plans to take up work at the Nemmeli desalination plant, that has a capacity to treat 100 million litres of seawater a day.

The water agency will fix the travelling band screen, a self-cleaning screen in the seawater intake structure, at the desalination plant. The work will be taken up between 6 a.m. on March 17 and 6 a.m. on April 1.

Due to the work, piped water supply to areas 9, 13, 14 and 15 will be affected. The localities include Thiruvanmiyur, Kottivakkam, Perungudi, Adyar, Velachery, Besant Nagar, Mandaveli, Sholinganallur and Neelankarai.

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