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February 8, 2017

Odisha Channel Bureau
BHUBANESWAR: Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) is putting up a 5000 cubic meter per day (5.0 MLD) seawater desalination plant in Odisha’s coastal district of Ganjam, adjacent to Gopalpur.
Gopalpur
A memorandum of understanding in this regard has already been signed between Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and Indian Rare Earths Limited (IREL), a Public Sector Undertaking under DAE.

The site at Ganjam district has been considered since it is located on the coastline of Bay of Bengal (only 750 meters away from shore line) and a drought prone zone facing acute water shortage.

Capacity of the plant at Odisha is 5000 m3/day (5.0 MLD) at a cost of Rs. 112.90 crore. Necessary financial sanction of Rs 112.90 crore has been issued by the Government for the OSCOM plant.

This information was provided by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Jitendra Singh in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

All the statutory clearances, namely, OSPCB (Odisha State Pollution Control Board), MoEF-CRZ (Ministry of Environment & Forests- Coastal Regulation Zone), AERB (Atomic Energy Regulatory Board) have been obtained and MoU between BARC and IREL has been signed, Singh informed.

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