Chennai to get 4th desal plant by 2024

In what is sure to be music to the ears of residents, the city’s fourth desalination plant is expected to become operational in five years from now.

The supply from the four facilities will then total 750 million litres a day and ensure there is no water crisis.

The fourth plant, slated to be the city’s largest with a capacity of treating 400 MLD, is set to come up at Perur on East Coast Road (ECR, close to the existing plant at Nemmeli, a senior official of Metrowater said. The agency has appointed a management consultant for the project, the tender process for which is expected to be completed in November.

The work order for the successful bidder is expected to be issued by October 2020 and the project is to be completed within the next three and a half years.

Once the plant in Perur becomes operational in the next five years, it will provide water to a population of 23 lakh people. Water from this plant will cater to the needs of residents in the southwestern part of the city. “We hope within the next five years the Chennai will not face a water crisis, which is prevailing now,” the officer added.

Currently, Metrowater runs desalination plants at Minjur, which was set up in 2010, and at Nemmeli on East Coast Road. The second became operational in 2013. The two facilities, with a capacity of treating 100 MLD each, currently supplying water to a population of 19 lakh in some areas of North and South Chennai. On Thursday, chief minister Edappadi K Palanisamy laid the foundation for the third desalination plant that is to be set up next to the existing plant at Nemmeli on ECR.

This will be able to treat 150 MLD of sea water and once operational will provide piped water to as many as nine lakh residents in areas such as Velachery, Alandur, St Thomas Mount, Medavakkam, Kovilambakkam, Nanmangalam, Kilkattalai, Moovarasanpettai, Sholinganallur, Ullagaram, Puzhudhivakkam, Madippakkam besides the IT companies on OMR.

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