CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government is planning to approach the Andhra Pradesh government to bring the Krishna water to the Poondi reservoir in Chennai through pipes, chief minister Edappadi K Palanisami said on Tuesday. Speaking after commissioning a 45 MLD (million litres per day) tertiary treatment reverse osmosis plant at Kodungaiyur, the CM said at present the water from the Kandaleru reservoir flows to the Red Hills reservoir through an open channel. “As the channel is open, there is a lot of pilferage of water as well as evaporation loss. By laying a pipeline, both issues will be solved,” he said. Speaking about the newly commissioned plant, the chief minister said Metrowater could save an additional 50 MLD of water -- 30 MLD from Minjur desalination plant and 20 MLD from the Red Hills reservoir. “It will help in increasing piped supply to the city,” Palanisami said. The plant will sell 45 MLD of treated water to industrial units.
A similar plant is coming up at Koyambedu, which will be commissioned in about a month. Once the plant at Koyambedu becomes operational, a total of 90 MLD of grey water will be treated. The treated water is sold to industrial units.
The state government is taking all steps to improve water distribution network in the city by setting up a third desal plant with a capacity to treat 150 MLD of seawater. “These facilities will come in handy to supply potable water, even when monsoon fails,” he said. Local administration minister S P Velumani said 210 water bodies in Chennai metropolitan area were getting desilted and deepened. Once work is over, the city can get additional 1 TMC of water from next year onwards.
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