Agriculture and Rural Development Earth Sciences

Set up desalination plants for drinking water supply in coastal cities.

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Last Updated: Thursday 15 March 2018
Tuesday 18 July 2017Press Information Bureau

Three desalination plants, based on the Low Temperature Thermal Desalination (LTTD) technology indigenously developed and demonstrated by the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), have been successfully commissioned one each at Kavaratti, Minicoy, and Agatti islands of the Union Territory of Lakshadweep. The capacity of each of these LTTD plants is 1 lakh litre of potable water per day. Expenditures amounting to about Rs. 5 crores, Rs. 13 crores and Rs. 21 crores were incurred for commissioning the plants at Kavaratti, Minicoy and Agatti respectively. These plants were commissioned before the NDA-2 Government came to power.

Under the NDA-2 Government, the Lakshadweep Administration has requested NIOT for setting up of similar LTTD plants of 1 lakh litre of potable water per day capacity in remaining six islands. NIOT has sent a detailed project report with a fund requirement of Rs. 280.01 crores to the Lakshadweep Administration in this regard. Recently, the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has approved the proposal of Lakshadweep Administration for establishment of 6 LTTD plants each with capacity 1.5 lakh liters per day in the islands of Amini, Androth, Kadamat, Chetlat, Kalpeni and Kiltan of Lakshadweep.

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