Dow India commissions 3 water purification plants in Gujarat village

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Vadodara, Nov 5 (UNI) US-based Dow Chemical International Private Limited (Dow India) today commissioned water purification plants in three villages of Gujarat's chemical hub Dahej.

The three plants, set up at Jolva, Ambheta and Vadadla at a cost of Rs 21 lakh, were inaugurated by Dow India president Dr Ramesh Ramchandran.

Dow India had recently signed an MOU with the state-owned Gujarat Alkalies and Chemicals Limited (GACL) to set up a Rs 600 crore Chloromethane plant at Dahej.

Talking to newsmen on the occasion, Dr Ramchandran said work for the 2,00,000 tonne capacity plant had already begun and it was expected to be commissioned in 2011.

Apart from the three water purification plants in Dahej, Dr Ramchandran said his company had decided to set up at least 15 such plants across Gujarat by March, 2009 in collaboration with Anarde Foundation, with a view to provide pure and safe drinking water to villages facing potable water crisis. The villagers would, however, be supplied clean drinking water at a cost of Re one per 10 liters.

The Company had also planned to cover some of the problems in villages in Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, where it has got business interests, the Dow chief said.

Speaking on the occasion, GACL managing director Guruprasad Mohapatra hailed Dow for its corporate social responsibility initiative.

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