Chennai is an important economic centre in the country and has been fast developing as an IT hub. It has a sizable industrial establishment and is among the 10 top car manufacturing centres in the world. The city of Chennai has faced acute shortage of water in the past and the year 2004, water had to be transported to the city through tankers and rail from places as far as Neyveli and Mettur.
100 MLD sea water reverse osmosis desalination plant, Nemmeli, Chennai
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs gave its approval for the construction of one ‘100 MLD Sea Water Reverse Osmosis Desalination Plant’ at Nemmeli near Chennai at a total cost of Rs.908.28 crore. Of the total amount, Rs.871.24 crore will be borne by the Central Government and will be given as grant to the Government of Tamil Nadu for implementing the aforesaid project. Cost escalations, if any, will be entirely borne by the State government of Tamil Nadu. The project is likely to be completed by 2010-11. The project would lead to additional capacity of 100 MLD of water to meet the drinking water needs of Chennai City and will enhance per capita supply from 100 LPCD to 144 LPCD. The project would be implemented by Chennai Metro Water Supply Sewerage Board.