Karnataka state, India, approves port city desalination project

The technical and economic feasibility of a new desalination plant for Mangaluru city in Karnataka, southwest India, has been approved by state authorities, reports Bangalore Mirror.

The proposed 100,000 m3/d seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant is to be a public-private partnership project, and is intended to meet local water demand for 15 years. The project may later expand to add another 100,000 m3/d capacity to meet demand to 2052.

The feasibility report was prepared by Infrastructure Development Corporation Karnataka, a joint venture of Karnataka Government, the banking and infrastructure firm Infrastructure Development Finance Company, and finance house Housing Development Finance Corp.

The off-taker will be Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board. The feasibility study was approved by state minister for law and parliamentary affairs, TB Jayachandra.

There is opposition to the project on environmental grounds from the National Environment Care Federation.

India’s Mangaluru city is mulling a desalination plant (June 2017)