Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL) proposes to set up a 70 MLD (million litres per day) desalination plant at Tannirbhavi. The plant, to produce industrial quality fresh water, is expected to be commissioned by the end of next year, as per PTI. This will help MRPL avoid a crisis next summer. MRPL had to shut down two of its three units during the water scarcity in the region this summer.
Chennai-based Indian multinational company VA Tech Wabag Limited has bagged the Rs 620 crore contract for the permanent plant. The company will also operate and maintain the plant for ten years. The project received environment clearance from Union Environment Ministry on April 18. Managing Diretor of MRPL- Mr Venkatesh said MRPL's attempt is to keep consumption of fresh water to the minimum and will receive more sewage and in-house treated water from the city with the co-operation of Mangaluru city Corporation and Mangalore special economic zone.