South Asia

Chennai’s groundwater levels rise after November – India

CHENNAI: With Chennai receiving copious amounts of rainfall ever since the monsoon began, groundwater levels have again seen an improvement compared to November.

Promising enough drinking water for the next one year, sources from the Chennai Metro Water department said they will reduce purchase of water from Nemmeli and Minjur desalination plants for about three months. 

In December, groundwater level had improved by nearly one metre compared to November 2020, according to official data of the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (CMWSSB). 

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Thane civic body shelves idea of desalination plant – India

Four years after it was first proposed, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has finally shelved the desalination plant to be set up along the creek to convert the creek water into potable water.

The plant was scrapped by the general body last week that claimed that it was too expensive for the city and that other ways of water conservation need to be explored.

The city receives 480MLD water daily from TMC’s own water supply scheme, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) and Shahad-Temghar Water Supply Authority (STEM).

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Pipe laying work begins at Nemmeli desalination plant – India

Earlier this week, Metrowater started laying a 49 km-pipeline to carry water from the under construction desalination plant in Nemmeli to various areas till Pallavaram.

Like many others, the pandemic has affected the progress of the project to build a third plant in Nemmeli.

The ₹1,259.38 crore project to build another desalination plant along East Coast Road may get delayed by a few months beyond its December 2021 deadline.

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Hubco, DHA to provide clean water by reviving desalination plant – Pakistan

In a letter to the Pakistan Stock Exchange on Friday, Hubco said it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with DHA over the revival of DHA Cogen Limited, a desalination plant in Phase VIII.

Hubco will generate 84 megawatts of power to supply to K-Electric and provide three million gallons of potable water per day to the Cantonment Board Clifton.

DHA and Hubco plan to revive the desalination plant and generate five MGD of potable water. They plan to use sea water reverse osmosis technology for the project and Hubco already possesses the first right of refusal.

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SHC seeks reply of Centre over desalination plant at Karachi island – Pakistan

The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday issued notice to the federal government seeking its reply over an agreement it signed for a desalination plant installation at Bundal island.

A petition in the high court pleaded that the Attorney had earlier assured the learned court that all stakeholders will be taken into confidence over any development on the islands.

“The federal government has summoned tenders for construction activities and signed an agreement for installation of desalination plant at Bundal Island,” the petitioner said.

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Mumbai: BMC gets Israel experts’ help for desalination plant – India

After the Shiv Sena’s pet project, Coastal Road, the BMC is now turning its focus on the desalination plant at Manori, for which it has sought the help of the government of Israel that is a pioneer in the technology.

Experts from Israel will join the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for the feasibility study of this project.

The study will examine the possibility of the project’s success and if the site where the BMC plans to set up the plant is good enough.

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Gujarat CM gifts Rs 417 crore drinking water and Rs 46 crore tourism projects from Dabhoi for Vadodara district – India

Gandhinagar: Just as Gujarat has become an Energy Surplus State, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani today expressed his desire to make it also a Water Surplus State.

While the state’s entire budget used to be Rs 8,000 crore once, it has grown to Rs 14,000 crore on drinking water management alone, reflecting the state government’s commitment to make water problem a matter of past.

He said that water is our prerequisite and a priority as the state government is committed to make the water problem a matter of past, to realise Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream project Nal Se Jal to provide potable tap water in every house by 2021-end.

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Prime Minister will visit Kutch on December 15, to lay stone of world’s largest 30,000 MW Renewable Energy Park and Desalination Plant at Mandvi – India

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani today said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will come to Gujarat on December 15 to perform the ground-breaking ceremony of the world’s largest 30,000 MW Renewable Energy Park in the border area of Rann of Kutch.

Talking to the mass media at Mahatma Mandir here, Mr. Rupani said that he will also perform the ground-breaking ceremony of a Desalination Plant at Mandvi in Kutch, besides the huge Solar and Wind Energy Park.

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PM Modi to inaugurate 30K MW renewable energy park on Dec 15 – India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be inaugurating the world’s largest renewable solar and wind energy park in Gujarat’s Kutch and another desalination plant, on December 15.

Informing about the development, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said: “PM will be arriving in Gujarat on 15th to inaugurate two works.

One is the inauguration of world’s largest renewable energy park with a capacity of 30,000 megawatts (MW) from solar and wind energy.

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‘No dam needed if desalination unit at Manori gets off ground’ – India

MUMBAI: The proposed 200 million litre daily desalination plant at Manori will do away with the need to construct the Gargai-Pinjal dam and help save three lakh trees that may have to be cut for the dam project, said additional municipal commissioner (projects) P Velarasu on Tuesday.

Velarasu further said while the decision to not construct the dam will be taken at the chief minister’s level, the desalination plant provides an “excellent alternative” to the large dam project which would be environmentally more harmful, requiring submergence of land and forests.

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