Hard water treatment is a key component of the Indian government’s water supply, and the Indian Central Water Commission (ICWC) has given the green light to the construction of 100 million water purification machines (MWPs) across the country by the end of 2019.
The announcement was made at a conference of the IPCWC at Chennai on Sunday, with representatives of the government, the ICC and the water sector as well as the country’s private sector and non-government organizations (NGOs) present.
The number of MWPs will be roughly double that of the current total of 2.5 GWPs, which was 1.9 GWPs in 2015.
“There are a total of over 200 MWPs in the pipeline, including more than 40 MWPs planned in the near future,” said P. S. Varma, secretary general of the ministry of water resources.
“The first batch will be rolled out in the next two months,” he added.
“We are not expecting a shortage of MWP machines in the coming months.”
The ICC has estimated the cost of the first round of MWPS to be around Rs. 2,500 crore, with another round expected in the first quarter of 2020,” he said.
The first MWPs, at a cost of about Rs. 5,000 crore, will be delivered to government departments and non central departments by 2019.
The first 10 MWPs to be rolled-out by the IUC will be manufactured by Tata Power Corporation and Tata Sons.
Earlier, the Indian Hydropower Corporation (IHC) and the state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited had ordered 40 MWP units, while the Ministry of Water Resources has given an order for 120 MWPs.
At the conference, the officials said the number of water treatment plants would be increased from the current 1,200 MWPs by 2022, and from the existing 1,500 MWPs and 600 MWPs respectively, to at least 10,000 MWPs per MWP by 2020.
The new MWPs would be manufactured in the same way as the existing ones.
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