KASARAGOD: The State government is planning to separate industrial water supply from drinking water supply, Industries Minister Elamaram Karim has said. At present, both a being supplied from a single source.
Speaking to reporters after a review meeting of officials of the Industries Department, Khadi and Village Industries Board, Mining and Geology Department and SIDCO at the Kasaragod district industries centre here on Monday, Mr. Karim said purity standards of water to be supplied to industries need not be on par with the purity standards prescribed for drinking water.
The industrial sector in the State was facing shortage of water as water from the same source was being divided for both industrial and drinking water purposes.
The Minister said the government planned to implement the proposal in one of the industrial centres in the State as a model project and later extend it throughout the State.
The Minister informed that the government was planning to bring big industries to Kasaragod which was an industrially backward district.
The government had already spoken to the Bahrain government on the possibility of starting a petrochemical complex here with the cooperation of that country.
On the proposed tie up between Kerala Electrical and Allied Engineering Company Ltd. and Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd, Mr. Karim said KEL was already making profit and an alliance between KEL and BHEL would help to expand the company further. On the proposal for bauxite mining in the Kinanoor – Karinthalam panchayat in the district, he said the proposal had not been dropped but it would not be implemented if the locals were against it.