Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation has prepared a plan to supply treated water from six of its sewerage treatment plants to industries in the Thane-Belapur industrial belt.
A high powered committee headed by the chief secretary has already cleared the proposal and it has now been forwarded to the central government as the project has been prepared under centre’s Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation
The aim of this plan is to ensure that drinking water is used only for drinking purposes and not for any other use. Navi Mumbai civic body had earlier too tried to sell treated water to industries in the area through MIDC but very few buyers had evinced interest in the project as rate of fresh water in Navi Mumbai is much cheaper than treated water. NMMC supplies water at the rate of Rs 50 for 30,000 litres.
However, after NMMC Commissioner Tukaram Mundhe has made it clear that water rates will be linked to consumption it is clear that the water rates will go up in city.
“As of now MIDC supplies 50MLD drinking water from Barvi dam to the industrial area. This supply will be stopped and NMMC will supply treated water to industries. Separate pipelines will be laid and pumping station will be constructed for the same,” confirmed a civic official. He added that it will also help increase revenue of the civic body. Nearly, 230 MLD water treated at this STP is released in creeks.
“In the first phase 70 MLD treated water will be supplied of which 50 MLD will be given to industries and remaining will be used for gardens, public toilets and other commercial use,” said the official.