Tamil Nadu

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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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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To Overcome Water Crisis, India Plans To Build Desalination Plants Along Its 7,800-km Coastline – India

Chennai is facing the worst water crisis in the country’s history. Reports have shown that other cities like Delhi and Bangalore will soon follow suit next year.

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. 

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Tamil Nadu plans new desalination plant for thermal units in north Chennai B Sivakumar – India

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.

Chennai already has two desalination plants at Minjur and Nemili, each with a capacity of 100 million litres per day (MLD).

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.

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Desalination plant to come up at Tamil Nadu’s Marakkanam – India

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.

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Foundation stone for 3rd desal plant at Nemmeli laid, to be ready by 2021 – India

To mark the beginning of construction of the new 150 MLD desalination plant, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami laid the foundation stone at Nemmeli on Thursday. 

While the Rs 1,259 crore worth project is funded partly by German funding agency KfW, a part is covered under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme.

The state government has taken Rs 700 crore on loan from KfW and the rest from the Central government. 

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Chennai’s 3rd desalination plant to be launched next week – Chennai

In about two years, Chennai will get water from its third desalination plant.

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.

In addition to this, for establishing the fourth desalination plant in Perur, that will supply 400 mld to the city, Metrowater has set the ball rolling after a lot of delay.

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Water to be ferried to Chennai by train from Jolarpet, says CM Palaniswami – Chennai

Chennai: Water starved Chennai is all set to get some relief as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami Friday said 10 million litres would be transported from Jolarpet in Vellore district by train to augment supply.

This initiative will be carried on for six months and Rs 65 crore has been set apart for the purpose, he said. Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board has been allocated Rs 158.42 crore for water distribution here, he said.

Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board has been allocated Rs 158.42 crore for water distribution here, he said.

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