Thoothukudi to get 2-MLD desalination plant

NEW DELHI: The port city of Thoothukudi will soon boast of a desalination plant with a capacity of generating freshwater up to two million litres daily (MLD). In addition to Tuticorin, d

Published: 07th May 2012 06:27 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd June 2012 10:17 PM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: The port city of Thoothukudi will soon boast of a desalination plant with a capacity of generating freshwater up to two million litres daily (MLD).

In addition to Tuticorin, desalination plants will be set up on the islands of Amini, Chetlet, Kadamath, Kalpeni, Kultan and Andrott, which are all part of Lakshadweep islands. These plants will go a long way in solving the water woes in these areas by converting sea water into potable water.

This information was revealed in response to an unstarred question asked by Prabha Thakur, a Rajya Sabha Congress MP from Rajasthan. Thakur had asked the details of plants set up by the government at various cities along the country’s coastline to solve water woes in those areas.

In his reply,  Ashwani Kumar, Minister of State in the Ministry of Science and Technology and Ministry of Earth Sciences stated that such plans would be installed at a number of cities along the Indian coastline.

The National institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) has indigenously designed, developed and demonstrated desalination technology for conversion of sea water into potable water based on low temperature thermal desalination (LTTD) technology. LTTD is a process under which the warm surface sea water is flash-evaporated at low pressure and the vapour is condensed with cold deep sea water. The technology is efficient and suitable for island territories of India. According to cost estimates made recently by an independent agency for LTTD technology, the operational costs per litre of desalinated water works to be 19 paise in the Lakshadweep islands.

Till date, four LTTD plants have been successfully commissioned in the country, one each at Kavaratti, Minicoy, Agatti, Lakshadweep and Chennai.

Stay up to date on all the latest Tamil Nadu news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp