Gandhinagar: Leader of opposition Paresh Dhanani has demanded the state government set up desalination plants on its own, instead of roping in private sector companies to set up eight desalination plants in coastal areas of the state.
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In the near future, 40% of the country is looking at water scarcity. Ministers are starting to wake up to the problem. Arvind Kejriwal announced rainwater harvesting processes that will be carried out in Delhi.
Finance Minister Nirmala Seetharaman also announced government’s plan to provide potable water to each rural household by 2024. And now, a nationwide ambitious project of desalinating sea water seems to be in the pipeline.
City-based Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals limited (MRPL) is to set up a permanent desalination plant to produce industrial quality fresh water, the company managing director M Venkatesh has said.
After the meeting, a spokesman for the CM said that as a short-term measure the meeting agreed on the formation of a committee comprising one representative each from all stakeholders to control water losses, theft and improve distribution system.
A new desalination plant will come up in north Chennai to cater exclusively to thermal units of Tangedco. State power minister P Thangamani announced this in the assembly on Thursday while replying to the debate on demands for grants for the electricity department.
Another plant with 150 MLD capacity will come up at Nemili. The one planned in North Chennai is the fourth desalination plant in Chennai. There are two thermal units with 600MW capacity each in North Chennai. The new unit will be set up at a cost of Rs 200 crore and will have a capacity of 10 MLD.
Law minister C Ve Shanmugam on Sunday said the government was planning to set up a desalination plant in Marakkanam to supply drinking water to Villupuram. He said CM Edappadi K Palaniswami will soon make an announcement in this regard.
At a function to hand over job orders on compassionate grounds, to relatives of police personnel and government employees who died while in service, the minister criticised DMK chief MK Stalin for ‘false promises’.
“Stalin had promised to waive gold loans during the party’s rule from 2007 to 2011 but it was not done. Over Rs 100 crore was looted in the name of loan waiver and the Madras High Court has ordered a CBI investigation into the matter.
The project, that will supply 150 million litres a day, is likely to be launched in Nemmeli on Thursday, Metrowater officials said. The plant will cater to residents of several areas, including Velachery, Palavakkam and Perungudi.