Vizag civic body to set up a desalination plant

01 June 2021

The Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) is planning to set up a desalination plant to cater to the water needs of the increasing number of industries in Visakhapatnam. The planned desalination plant is estimated to cost around 500 crore. The proposed plant would desalinate around 100 million litres of seawater per day. 

GVMC plans to sell the desalinated water at 60 per 1KLD (kilo litre per day). The civic body has identified a technically suitable location for the desalination plant at the Appikonda area, which is close to Visakhapatnam Steel Plant.

A senior engineer with the GVMC said that after conducting a survey, the civic body found that the Appikonda area is technically suitable for the plant. But the agency which gets tenders for plant construction will study the feasibility of other places as well.

GVMC commissioner G Srijana said that chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy wants to focus more on the desalination of water to cater to industries and utilise the current water sources for drinking purposes. “We have already sent a report to the government and had a meeting on the issue recently. There would be no (additional) burden on GVMC. This plant will be useful for addressing the water scarcity issue in the city in the future,” Srijana added.

Once the government finalises the project, it will go for global tenders in the next four months. Construction is likely to be completed in less than three years.