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Cong MP asks Centre for funds for desalination project

With the civic body trying to set up a desalination plant in the city, Member of Parliament from South Mumbai, Milind Deora is also making an attempt to set up such a plant in the region.

mumbai Updated: Apr 05, 2010 00:52 IST
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With the civic body trying to set up a desalination plant in the city, Member of Parliament from South Mumbai, Milind Deora is also making an attempt to set up such a plant in the region.

Since the desalination technology is new to the city and very expensive, the civic body had requested the central government for financial assistance. Deora has written a letter to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, requesting funds for the plant.

“I have written to the PM, asking for funds so that the civic body can set up a desalination plant on a pilot basis,” said Deora. He added that the central government has funded the desalination plant in Chennai.

“The civic body must try and tap alternate sources of water to suffice the needs of the city,” added Deora.

The cost of setting up of a 10 million litre plant is estimated around Rs 100 crore.

The civic body has begun the process of short-listing areas and the requirements for setting up such a plant.

The technology used in the process is Reverse Osmosis, a filtration process where pressure is used to force a solution through a membrane, retaining the particles on one side and allowing the pure solution to pass to the other side.

Additional Municipal Commissioner, Anil Diggikar said that the civic body will be setting the plant on a pilot basis in the next 16 months.