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State to make it compulsory for all corporations to treat sewage

The state government will make it compulsory for all corporations in the Mumbai metropolitan region (MMR) to treat sewage and supply that water for industrial use.

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said that considering demand for water was increasing, there was a need to look at different methods.

He said the state government was relooking at testing desalination technologies so that treatment cost can be cut and projects can be implemented in cities close to the coast.

“We are looking at developing a business model and considering partly funding sewage treatment projects so that they can be used by industries and water can be saved for drinking purposes,” said Fadnavis. Fadnavis was replying to a calling attention motion by legislative council members over a water shortage in areas like Mira- Bhayander, Thane and Kalyan.

Members said the government should look at starting water projects in these areas as the increase in population was higher than expected. “Houses in these areas are sold without the developer telling buyers that water availability is poor. The government should make arrangements to reduce building projects till the situation is sorted out,” said Jogendra Kawade

Fadnavis added that all new townships will have to start constructions only after they can show long-lasting water sources.


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