State-owned National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) will use the waste water for power plants with Union power minister Piyush Goyal providing his consent for a pilot project by the Maharashtra government to recycle sewage water and other waste water to be utilised for power plants.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that the project would be undertaken with the help of the central and the state government will now have to set up a water purification plant for waste water treatment. The Centre has planned to share the financial implications as well.
During his tour to drought-hit Solapur district in Western Maharashtra on Sunday, Fadnavis said that water from the Ujjani dam would be provided to Solapur city using a pipeline to avoid transmission loss and leakages when it passes through canals which run for 100 km.
Addressing villagers at Malikpeth in Mohol taluka, Fadnavis said, “To tackle the drinking water crisis in Solapur, we have taken a decision to lift water from Ujjani dam using a pipeline. This will help resolve crisis to a great extent and curtail losses.”
The problem now is that even if the administration is able to route 5 TMC water from Ujjani dam, by the time it reaches the city passing through 100 km canals it will be only 0.5 TMC – with the loss being due to evaporation and leakages enroute through open canals.
To mitigate this, the government has taken a decision to set up pipelines which would deliver upto 20 TMC water from the dam for the city and its periphery in rural areas.
At Malikpeth, farmers led the chief minister to their sugarcane fields to show the crop losses. He said that detailed planning has been done for water distribution villagewise. And if all the sources of water bodies fail to sustain the water supply, water through trains have been planned.