Paradip:15/7/19: Odisha will have its first desalination drinking water project in the Paradip port civil township under funding by the State’s lone major port.
With the Paradip Port Trust (PPT) inking a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today with National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), the ambitious project worth Rs 116 crore and ten million litre per day capacity has got off the ground.
“PPT signed a MoU with NIOT which will provide consulting services. Tender bidding of the project will be floated and finalized next month. The port township was often reeling under water crisis in summer months. Once the project gets functional, there will no more be shortage of drinking water in Paradip”, said Ramchandra Rao, Chief Engineer, Paradip Port Trust.
“It will be the State’s first de-salination drinking water project. Though Sea Water Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) technology, saline water will be converted to safe and sweet water for human intake. The operation and maintenance cost has been calculated at Rs 41.17 per kilo litre of drinking water. The PPT will bear its entire cost”, Rao said.
The water sourced from the de-salination plant will cater to people living in the port civil town and adjoining suburban areas.