Chennai: Nemmeli desalination plant by next December

CHENNAI: The 100-MLD (million litres per day) capacity desalination plant at Nemmeli on East Coast Road will be commissioned by December 2011, Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin said here on Tuesday.

Laying the foundation stone for the plant, he said many suburban areas en route to the site would benefit once the plant is commissioned. The Centre had released Rs.300 crore as the first instalment of the total grant of Rs.871.24 crore announced for the scheme.

The 40.05-acre site chosen for the plant was taken on a lease of 30 years by Chennai Metrowater.

The land belonged to Alavandar Trust under the control of Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department. Metrowater would pay a monthly rent of Rs.1.12 lakh for the purpose, he said.

While VA Tech Wabag Limited in consortium with IDE Technologies, Israel, would construct the plant at a cost of Rs.533.38 crore, Larsen & Toubro Limited would lay the pipeline and build underground sumps at a cost of Rs.122 crore.

Nearly Rs.13.46 crore had been sanctioned for project management consultancy by Mecon Limited along with Adeco Technologies, Switzerland.

Minjur plant

He said nearly 99 per cent of the work at the upcoming desalination plant at Minjur had been completed. The plant was expected to be commissioned by March-end or April this year. Though the facility was planned to be started in August 2008, it was delayed due to various reasons, such as technical snags and heavy rainfall.

From THE HINDU

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One Response to Chennai: Nemmeli desalination plant by next December

  1. t m rajagopalan says:

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