stp1The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation would soon be the first municipal body to put treated sewage on sale. It has shortlisted three bidders – ILFS, Ranki Infrastructure and IVRCL – for this novel task. Leveraging on its advanced sewage treatment plants in Navi Mumbai, the NMMC has decided to appoint an agency which would recycle 250 millions of litres per day (mld) sewage water generated every day. This treated water, which is clean enough for general use except drinking, would be supplied to various commercial establishments in Navi Mumbai. The NMMC would charge the agency for the rights given to sell water. The treated water would be provided mainly to the industries and other areas where nonpotable water is in short supply. In the process, the NMMC aims to cut down on supplying drinking water to these industries, thus saving a substantial amount. This additional quota of drinking water can then be sold to other corporations, which can fetch around Rs 50 crore per year. NMMC’s advance sewage plants located at Nerul, Vashi and Airoli have a total capacity of treating 280 mld per day. The three sewage treatment plants, constructed in Navi Mumbai with sophisticated Austrian technology, have a capacity to treat 280 million litres of water daily. Distribution of the treated water is likely to start this summer. When that happens, Navi Mumbai will automatically save 100 MLD of water that can be routed for drinking purposes. Bureau report – NMTV

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