Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Rural Development
28-August-2012 16:53 IST
Four Water Purification Plants set up in Coastal Areas.
The Centre has installed four plants for converting sea water into drinking water based on indigenously designed and developed Low Temperature Thermal Desalination (LTTD) technology. National Institute of Ocean Technology, an autonomous body of the Ministry of Earth Sciences has set up the plants at Kavarati, Minicoy, Agatti in Lakshadweep and the fourth one is at North Chennai Thermal Power Station, Chennai. The Minister of Rural Development and the Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation Shri Jairam Ramesh said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha that the cost per litre of produced drinking water would depend on the technology used and cost of electricity which varies from place to place. However, according to the cost estimates made recently by an independent agency for LTTD technology, the operational costs per litre of desalinated drinking water currently works out to be 19 paise for island based plants which is exclusive of capital cost. He said, approval has also been accorded to set up six more LTTD plants, one each in Amini, Chetlet, Kadamat, Kalpeni, Kiltan and Andrott islands of Lakshadweep. The Minister added that there is also a proposal to set up another palnt with a capacity of generating 2 million litres of potable water per day at Tuticorin Thermal Power Station, Tamil Nadu.