Metrowater says the project would be commissioned by September
Minister for Municipal Administration and Rural Development K.P. Munusamy inspected the desalination plant at Nemmeli on East Coast Road on Thursday. Nearly 83 per cent of work on the 100-Million Litres per Day (MLD) plant has been completed, an official release from the Chennai Metrowater said. In order to meet the future water requirements of Chennai city, a 100 million litre per day seawater desalination plant is being set up at Nemmeli. The State government had sought a fund allocation of Rs. 983 crore from the Centre. It received a grant of Rs.871.24 crore to implement this project.
The construction of plant and other related works is entrusted to M/s. VA Tech Wabag Ltd. Work on laying pipes for carrying desalinated water and distributing it in the city has been given to Larson and Toubro Limited.
The Minister reviewed the construction and sought details about progress of the work from officers at the site. He also asked them to do the work on a wartime footing as it had to been completed within the scheduled time.
Mr. Munusamy inspected the seawater intake chamber, reverse osmosis process building and product water tank and the pump house over the product water tank. A total of 265 MLD of seawater would be drawn to obtain 100 mld of treated water. Excess waste water would be discharged through the pipeline. Chennai Metrowater is confident that the project would be commissioned by September.