[:en]Narmada dam made fools now spend Rs 20 thousand crore on salt water[:]

[:en]Gandhinagar, 27 February 2020
The state government has signed an agreement with the Special Purpose Vehicle SPV to set up a 4C-water desalination plant in Devbhumi Dwarka, Bhavnagar, Kutch and Gir Somnath districts off the coast of Saurashtra-Kutch area in Gujarat.

The agreement was signed between Gujarat Water Infrastructure Limited, which is owned by Gujarat Water Supply Department and Shapoorji Palanji & Company of Mumbai and Joy Venture SPV of Aquatech Systems Asia Private Limited.

So why pull off Narmada?

Instead of relying on the state-wide water grid and Narmada’s sole drinking water source, a desalination plant has been set aside and the Narmada scheme has been put aside. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said on November 30, 2019 that the problem of drinking water, including farming, would be a thing of the past when such plants would be operational in the state. This was said when Narmada was not closed. While Narmada was closing, the BJP government had repeatedly said that there would be no water problem anymore. Instead, the government is spending billions of rupees behind expensive sea water.

10 plants worth Rs. 20 thousand crores

To meet the water requirement in Saurashtra-Kutch, a 100 MLD 10 desalination plant will be set up along the coast. That means 1000 MLD of water will be purified. For an MLD, the government will spend Rs 10 thousand crore on writing Rs 10 crore. Now the question is, why then create the Narmada scheme? Out of these, if the drinking water was to be provided, then Rs. On the other hand, if the project has been running for 27 years, its electricity and staff and maintenance costs will be calculated. In another 27 years, it will cost another Rs. 10 thousand crore.

Devbhumi Dwarka

Devbhumi produces 7 million liters daily of Gandhvi village of Dwarka district, 7 million liters daily at Ghogha of Bhavnagar and 10 million liters near Gundiali village of Kandi in Kutch and 3 million liters of water at Vadodara Jhala village in Sutrapada taluka of Gir Somnath. General Chat Chat Lounge 1 MLD comes with a cost of Rs 10 crore and electricity bills.

With the permission, all the plant operations will be completed within two years and all the plants will be operational and the daily salt water of 27 million liters of sea will become potable salt water. All four desalination plants will be connected to Saurashtra-Kutch by irrigation with a statewide water grid.

Work in the twins

Activities are under progress in setting up a 100 MLD desalination plant near Jodia in Gujarat. Apart from this, 10 plants will be set up for 100 MLD along the downtown Kutch-Saurashtra coast.

In this regard, he added that the advanced technology of this desalination plant of the world’s largest Sorek plant can also be utilized to enhance the capacity of the plants in Gujarat.

Asia’s first saltwater project below the Narmada Dam

The first 100 MLD capacity desalination plant for industrial purpose was started on 30 November 2019 at a cost of Rs 881 crore in downtown Bharuch district. A 454 MLD water supply scheme has been established for dowry industrial estates. This PCPIR colony is estimated to have fully developed 1000 MLD water requirements. The serious thing is that Bharuch is a dowry in the mouth of the Narmada River, which falls below the Narmada Dam. Where it is possible to give free water from gravity. Such a project has been started there. So, after the Narmada scheme is in vain, is there a misappropriation of water by misappropriating it?

Project collapsed

It was announced in Modi’s time in 2012 to set up Asia’s largest water purification plant at a cost of Rs. Dahej, a joint venture between Japanese and Singapore companies, invested $ 400 million in Asia’s largest desalination plant in the Special Economy Zone. From this project, the dowry units were irrigated for 27 years. The consortium included Risvinam Dowry Spring Desalination Private Limited, Japan’s Hitachi, Itacho and Singapore Highlight. The project and the MoU were done but never implemented.[:]