BMC to set up a desalination plant to tackle water shortage in Mumbai

The plant will treat sea water, making it fit for consumption and usage by people.

The impending doom of the water crisis in Mumbai becomes clearer every year, with the drying up of the city's water reservoirs. To tackle this, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has planned on setting up a desalination plant that will use sea-water as a major source of water in the city. Through this, as much as 200 Million Litre Per Day (MLD) of water per day, is being expected to be used as potable water in the city. As per reports, the civic body has set aside a ₹5 lakh token amount to plan and draft the Detailed Project Report (DPR).

Mumbai to expand its water sources

Mumbai is primarily dependent on surface water from the seven lakes around the city and faces a cut down of about 10% to 20% each year due to global warming and erratic monsoon. This depletion in the water table stands in stark contrast to the rising demand for water in the metropolitan city. To meet with the increasing needs, the BMC has decided to set up its own desalination plant which will treat salty water, making it fit for human consumption.

Reportedly, an international water treatment firm by name IDE Water Technologies Private Limited has tabled an unsought proposition to the BMC for the water treatment plant tender. This draft plans to set up a system which can filter about 200 million litres of water per day, which can be later doubled up to 400 million litres of water a day, to meet with the demands in future. For the maiden set-up, about 6 hectares of land will be required and another 8 hectares will be undertaken for expansion.

According to estimates, ₹1,600 for the pilot establishment and about ₹1,920 crores will be spent on maintenance for the next 2 decades. BMC has been sanctioned ₹5 lakhs to explore the avenues of the establishment and is expected to submit a detailed plan by September 2021.

Goa's new start-up policy to ease matters for new ventures

Government and new enterprises in Goa to join forces, under the new start-up policy.

The new start-up policy drafted for Goa will help the state to refine governance with a targeted and novel approach of new companies. The revised scheme is being designed to encourage new start-ups in the state to come forward and share their ideas with the government, extending their services to improve administration here. This will not only lead to an impeccable civic system but also culture a new landscape to develop businesses in Goa.

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Lucknow sounds alert in view of rising COVID cases

Lucknow Health Department raises guard in a bid to contain the COVID spread.

Lucknow has issued an alert in view of the resurgence of COVID-19 in Kerala, Maharashtra, Delhi, Punjab and Chhatisgarh. The city's Health Department has raked up surveillance to identify and snub any new source of infection here. Consequently, people who've reached Lucknow from the aforementioned 5 destinations(about 125 travellers as of now) are being monitored by the command centre of the health department.

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Kanpur's shoe industry to get a boost; new training institute to help craftsmen hone their skills

The training institute will be housed in Kanpur-Unnao Leather Cluster(KLC) Development Company, near Jajmau.

With aspirations to grow as an industrial hub in Uttar Pradesh, Kanpur is attempting to strengthen multiple production sectors in the city. After the construction of Leather Mega Cluster started in Ramaipur, the latest development has ushered in good news for the city's shoe industry. As per reports, the industry would soon get a horde of skilled craftsmen with the proposed establishment of a training institute in Kanpur-Unnao Leather Cluster(KLC) Development Company.

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Terminal 1 of Mumbai Int'l Airport to flag off domestic flights from March 10

Domestic flights commissioned under Go Air, Star Air, Air Asia and Trujet will soon take off from the CSMIA T-1.

The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) in Mumbai will re-start domestic services from Terminal-1, starting March 10. Since the lockdown, all domestic and international services to and from Mumbai are being managed from the international Terminal-2 due to COVID-19 induced travel restrictions. However, that is about to change from March 10, after which domestic flights commissioned under Indigo, Go Air, Star Air, Air Asia and Trujet will take off from the CSMIA T-1, read reports.

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'Night Walkathon' to kickstart today in Indore!

If you don't want to miss an evening of celebrations, get yourself registered right away!

Under the leadership of the Indore Municipal Corporation, the long-awaited 'night walkathon' is all set to tour through the streets of the city on Saturday. As part of this, attendees in the procession will not only motivate the sanitation workers on night duty but also take a pledge to ensure cleanliness in the city. Amongst the prominent highlights of this event, the city folks are eagerly looking forward to Zumba Dance and the live band performance.

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