Chennai is facing an acute water crisis and water crisis is also prevalent in many other parts of Tamil Nadu. With an attempt to solve this crisis and to meet the additional needs for water, Tamil Nadu government has granted administrative sanction to establish 400 MLD capacity sea water reverse osmosis desalination plant at Perur in the East Coast Road. This project is estimated to cost an amout of Rs 6,078.40 crore.
This is the fourth sea water reverse osmosis desalination plant for the Chennai metro. Financial assistance for the project.will be provided by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Detail Project Report (DPR) had been prepared by the The Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board.
Out of Rs.6,078.40 crore, Rs 4,267.70 crore will be provided by JICA, Rs 749.60 crore will be from Tamil Nadu Infrastructure Development Fund (TNIDF) and state budgetary support will provide Rs 1,061.10 crore.
Desalination plants already exist in Chennai at Minjur and Nemmeli. Chief Minister Edappadi Palanisamy also laid the foundation stone of third desalination, which will also be at Manali. This yet to be constructed plant in Perur will be the fourth desalination plant for the Chennai city. This project is expected to be completed at 2024.