The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) standing committee on 8 February 2021 has cleared a plan to set up a desalination plant at Manori in Malad.
The civic standing committee gave an in-principle approval for the plant and go-ahead to appoint a consultant for the project. The plant, which will come up over 12 ha of land which is with MTDC, will have a capacity of 200 million lpd.
The project cost is pegged at Rs 1,600 crore. The cost of operation and maintenance for 20 years is around Rs 1,920 crore. A detailed project report is expected to be prepared in around eight months and construction will take 30 months.
The plant will be set up under the ‘Swiss Challenge Method’. Under this method, a project can be awarded to a private firm on an unsolicited proposal. IDE Water Technologies has submitted an unsolicited (self-suggested) proposal to BMC.