Chennai III consultant to be chosen this month

India's Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board will choose a consultant in July 2011 to prepare a detailed project report for a 200,000 m³/d desalination plant at Pattipulam, a few kilometres away from the 100,000 m³/d Nemmeli desalination plant due for completion in December.

The Times Of India quoted a senior government official on 2 July 2011 as saying, "The firm will be asked to conduct feasibility studies and prepare a detailed project report in six months from the date of award of contract."

"The facility will come up at Pattipulam village in an extent of 203.77 acres (82.5 ha), owned by Alavandar Trust. Metrowater will get the land on lease for the city's sustainable water supply," the official added.

Government sources also told the TOI that least 75% of the works were over in Nemmeli, except critical marine-related installations. The contractors were racing against time to complete the civil works by December this year, the original schedule of the programme, the paper was told.

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