The decision in this regard was taken in a meeting with chairpersons of major ports.
"Paradip Port, Kamarajar Port & VO Chidambarnar Port under the Ministry of Shipping are all set to pioneer water recycling and desalination of sea water in the port premises," the Shipping, Road Transport & Highways Minister said.
The minister has convened a meeting of port chairmen to discuss desalination technologies and their application at major ports, and directed that desalination plants should be installed with immediate effect, Ministry of Shipping said in a statement.
He also said that efforts should be made to extract methane, carbon dioxide and bio-CNG from water. He has also directed port chairmen to explore feasibility about using treated sewage water for cleaning rail coaches at different railway stations, and nearby power plants.
The initiative would benefit areas near the ports like Thoothukudi near Tuticorin, where a 13 million litre per day plant will be able to serve 20 per cent of Tuticorin city's requirement after port utilisation.
During the meeting, the idea was mooted for use of new technology based containerised RO (Reverse Osmosis) based plants which can reduce the cost of producing desalinated water and would be cheaper than current water procurement cost at certain ports, it said.
Gadkari also suggested that cheaper power sourcing options like renewable energy through windmills and solar farms should be explored as this will help bring down the cost of producing desalinated water by about 20 per cent.
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