Mangaluru, Apr 28, 2017: With an aim to process sea/salt water on the coast to make it potable, to augment drinking water supply in Mangaluru city, Chief Whip of the government in Legislative Council Ivan D’Souza told media on April 27, Thursday, that desalination plant, proposed to be set up at an estimated cost of Rs 871 crore, has inched forward with an eight member-team of elected representatives and officials from the state set to visit Chennai soon. He said, "The team includes mayor and two corporators, three officials and one each of the officer from Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board (KUWSDB) and Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation (KUIDFC)."
MLC Ivan said a missive from state government has been received in this regard on April 7, with the team expected to visit Chennai, to study the existing desalination plant in the coastal city of neighbouring Tamil Nadu state. However, the schedule and team members that includes corporators and officials from MCC are yet to be finalised, he added. The corporation will study the pros and cons of desalination plant, as Mangaluru city is facing water crisis for a brief period close to summer, with abundant water available rest of the year.
There is no dearth of funds towards ensuring water, with the government releasing Rs 112 lakh towards repair and deepening of borewells in the city, with a total of 128 borewells supplying potable water. On the other hand, Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat has started works on building 1,000 check dams, MLC Ivan added.
MCC superintending engineer Srinivas H N said, in the case of desalination plant, the o & m, operation and maintenance cost will be five times more with average of Rs 40 to Rs 45 required per 1,000 litres of water against Rs 8 per supply of 1,000 litres of water in the existing scenario according to a rough estimate. The O&M cost includes labour and electricity charges.