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Chennai Gets A New Source Of Drinking Water
Source :   Business Line City :  Chennai Published Date :   12-08-2010  

The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Mr M. Karunanidhi is to formally launch the 100 million litres a day MLD desalination plant tomorrow. This is a landmark development for Chennai as it is the first to get a desalination plant on this scale through a public-private partnership mode.

This will mark the start of a new source of supply of drinking water, the sea, for Chennai residents. The Rs 600-crore facility, Chennai Water Desalination Ltd, will draw over 240 MLD of sea water and process it to supply 100 MLD of potable water using reverse osmosis technology......

Five Water Supply Schemes Cleared
Source :   The Hindu City :  Coimbatore Published Date :   12-08-2010  

Five combined water supply schemes and one supply improvement scheme, totally estimated to cost around Rs. 1,712 crore, have been cleared by the State government. The schemes cover Madurai, Coimbatore, Nagapattinam, Virudhunagar, Sivaganga and Tirupur districts. Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi has ordered that the schemes be given administrative sanction, according to an official statement.

In terms of project cost, the water supply scheme for Madurai district and parts of Sivaganga district is the highest: Rs. 784 crore. Under the project, Melur, Avaniyapuram and Tirumangalam municipalities, A. Vellalapatti, Vilangudi, Paravai, Thirunagar, Alanganallur and Palamedu town panchayats and 1,430 habitations in eight panchayat unions, all located in Madurai district, and Singanampuneri of Sivaganga district will benefit......

Kargil Hero Wins Water Battle In Bangalore
Source :   DNA India City :  Bangalore Published Date :   12-08-2010  

Subedar R Balakrishna has won his battle. The armyman from Madras Sappers will finally get water and sanitary connection to his house back. But the biggest win for the Kargil hero will be something that he will cherish for a long time his peace of mind.

Balakrishna was on the run, fearing for his and his family’s life after he took on the water mafia in his area. He was badly beaten up, threatened and the water connection to his house in Horamavu cut after he questioned corporator N Tejeshwini’s husband Raju and his men’s authority over the water supply in his area......

Decision On Drinking Water Projects Within 15 Days
Source :   Deccan Herald City :  Madikeri Published Date :   12-08-2010  

They were speaking at ZP meeting on Tuesday. Congress member A Lokeshkumar raised the issue of Rs 12.96 crore proposal and said that the proposal was sent to the goverment six months ago. However, not even a single pie had been released so far. Karun Kalaiah said that no borewells have been dug in the district in the last one year. “The district might face shortage of water by the end of the year as the district received scanty rainfall this year,” he said. .....

Minjur Facility To Supply Water At Less Than 5 Paise Per Litre
Source :   Express Buzz City :  Chennai Published Date :   07-08-2010  

Water at less than five paise per litre could become a reality for Metrowater, which has been grappling to bridge the supplydemand gap in safe drinking water in the city. Announcing the completion of the Rs-600 crore sea water desalination plant at Minjur near here, IVRCL Infrastructures and Project Ltd., has said that it would be providing safe desalinated water to Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board CMWSSB at a cost of Rs 48.74 per thousand litres which translates to 4.87 paise per litre.

The company had incorporated a Special Purpose Vehicle, Chennai Water Desalination Limited CWDL with a Spanish consortium partner Befesa Agua. This SPV was awarded the project on a DBOOT Design Build Own Operate and Transfer basis for 25 years. The plant would be returned to CMWSSB or Metrowater after 25 years......

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