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Niti working out proposal to set up desalination plants along coastline to tide over water crisis – India

The Niti Aayog is working on a proposal to set up a string of floating desalination plants in marine waters along the country’s over 7,500-km coastline, with a view to tide over the water crisis being faced in major urban centres of India.

Recently, several parts of the country, especially Chennai, faced severe water crisis, owing to poor storage in various reservoirs following deficit rainfall.

“The Niti Aayog is working on linking desalination of sea waters with the Sagarmala project,” a top government official told PTI on the condition of anonymity.

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L&T sees growth in desalination projects – India

L&T’s water and effluent treatment business is eyeing a slew of desalination and water treatment projects worth $1 billion in the country.

The business, which is undertaken by L&T Construction in partnership with UAE-based Tecton Engineering and Construction, is seeing significant demand mostly from coastal regions.

“Coastal regions in India from the South, the East and the North-West are looking at desalination plants as an option to reduce the stress on municipal corporations,” S Rajavel, Head of the Water and Effluent Treatment business, L&T, told BusinessLine. He, however, did not specify the time-frame of these expected projects.

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Freddie Mercury, David Bowie invented desalination process: Telangana textbook

A Telangana Class IX SSC textbook, according to a Times of India report by Nirupa Vatyam, has cited late rockstars Freddie Mercury and David Bowie as “scientists”, crediting them with “removing salt from seawater using a semi-permeable membrane through a process called desalination”.

The goof-up in the biology textbook appeared in the “Did You Know” section, according to the report. Thomas Jefferson is considered the inventor of the earliest forms of desalination. 

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Day Zero Is Upon Us – Can India’s Water Crisis Be Reversed? – India

The second term of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the beginning of the most crucial period in the history of India’s water sector. All the alarms raised by experts, media and common citizens are coming to pass.

As city after city moves closer to Day Zero, the land of rivers, lakes, wells and tanks fed by a bounteous monsoon is on the verge of becoming the biggest victim of mindless, non-strategic development exacerbated by climate change.

In the nearly two decades that I have been writing on water issues, not a year went by without ominous reports projecting the running out of groundwater, the overuse of rivers and the degradation of water bodies into receptacles of sewage and filth.

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Chennai industries to now use treated sewage water – India

CHENNAI: IN ten more days, Chennai will become the first Indian city to recycle sewage and supply it for industrial purposes.

A new treatment plant is being built in Kodungaiyur, which is likely to be completed by the first week of August.

This plant will supply recycled sewage water to industries, thereby ensuring that fresh drinking water is reserved for residential use. The move, Metro Water Board officials say, will help city tide over water crisis.

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‘Niti working out proposal to set up desalination plants along coastline to tide over water crisis’ – India

The Niti Aayog is working on a proposal to set up a string of floating desalination plants in marine waters along the country’s over 7,500-km coastline, with a view to tide over the water crisis being faced in major urban centres of India.

Recently, several parts of the country, especially Chennai, faced severe water crisis, owing to poor storage in various reservoirs following deficit rainfall.

“The Niti Aayog is working on linking desalination of sea waters with the Sagarmala project,” a top government official told PTI on the condition of anonymity.

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Chennai records 56 per cent above normal rainfall, but little water in reservoirs – India

Chennai has recorded 56 per cent above normal rainfall since June 1, with 247.5 millimetres rainfall from June 1 to July 27.

Despite the good rains, Chennai’s reservoirs — Poondi, Cholavaram, Redhills and Chembarakkam — have not seen any significant improvement in water levels.

The combined storage at the four reservoirs stood at 16 Mcft against 1,734 Mcft last year.

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Despite Rainfall, Chennai Reservoirs Still Remain Dry – India

Despite good rains over the last 10 days, Chennai’s reservoirs remain dry. As a result, the water levels in Poondi, Cholavaram, Redhills and Chembarakkam remain unchanged.

On Thursday morning at 8.30, the Chennai airport observatory had received 29.4 mm rain over the past 24 hours, according to the IMD’s Chennai office. Nungambakkam station got 26.4 mm over the same period.

In the week ending July 24, too, Chennai had received ‘large excess’ rainfall. Good amounts of rainfall on Monday and Wednesday brought 56 mm rainfall to the city, which is a 168% jump over the normal rainfall of 20.9 mm during this period. Nearby Tiruvallur and Kanchipuram districts also received excess rainfall.

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Gujarat plans 37 crore litre capacity desalination plants – India

Water Supplies Minister Kunwarji Bavaliya told the Assembly during discussion on budgetary allocation for water resources last week that “with an aim to tap the state’s long 1,600 coastline for our water needs, we have taken this significant decision that will reduce the Saurashtra-Kutch region’s dependence on the Narmada dam for drinking water

.”He said that a pilot project of 10 crore litres of water a day will be set up at Jodiya in Jamnagar district on a PPP basis. The government will only provide the land for the project, whereas the financial requirements for the project will be borne by a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) set by private players.

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Serving and retired police officials protest for water in Chennai – India

The ongoing water crisis in Tamil Nadu continues to bring residents to the streets in protest.

The latest are serving and retired police personnel, who alleged that Metro Water was not periodically servicing their official quarters near Melakottaiyur, a Chennai suburb.

Flash protests broke out on Kelambakkam road on Wednesday, as 300 residents brought traffic to a standstill on the stretch.

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