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Suez Environnement bags three water treatment projects worth ₹505 crore

Amrita Nair Ghaswalla Mumbai | Updated on April 08, 2014 Published on April 08, 2014

Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore will engage the France-based utility to tackle water woes





With the Indian government keen to develop key infrastructure essential for access to water and sanitation, France-based utility company Suez Environnement has been engaged to tackle the water challenges in India with three new contracts dealing with waste and wastewater solutions, totalling ₹505 crore (€61 million).

In Mumbai, the project is for improving water distribution services for 12.5 million people, a second project in Pune is to build and operate a drinking water plant for 2.5 million residents. Two new wastewater treatment plants are also due to open in Bangalore.

Marie-Ange Debon, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, in charge of the international division of the company said, “`While maintaining our position in wastewater treatment and drinking water production, we are boosting our presence in India through our new comprehensive service contract in Mumbai.”

With water consumption in India expected to double by 2050, there is a strong focus to treat the wastewater and protect rivers and aquifers, the primary source of drinking water for millions of people. Faced with high levels of urbanisation and significant water supply problems, the authorities have been looking at tackling drinking water issues as well as treating wastewater.

In Mumbai, Degremont has designed a drinking water treatment plant with a distribution capacity of 2,800 million litres a day for over 15 million people in the city. The wastewater treatment services of the plants, built and managed by the company, serve some 5.5 million inhabitants.

The Deputy CEO added that the city of Mumbai has now commissioned the company to improve drinking water distribution to its 12.5 million people, under a 5-year contract worth ₹257 crore (€31 million) in revenue.

Moreover, Debon added, the Pune Municipal Corporation has also awarded Degremont a contract to design, build, operate and maintain a drinking water plant for the 2.5 million people of the city. The ₹157 crore (€19 million) contract is supported by the local and national government as part of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM) development programme.

Degremont would take 30 months to build the drinking water plant and would operate it for five years.

In addition, the Water Supply and Sewage Board of Bangalore has commissioned Degremont to design and operate two wastewater treatment plants,. part of a bilateral funding agreement between the Japanese International Cooperation Agency and the Union Government. The 24-month project would be monitored over seven years and is worth ₹91.2 crore (€11 million) in revenue for Degremont.

Published on April 08, 2014
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