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Suez bags €400 mn Coimbatore water distribution project

New Delhi : French utility major Suez has bagged a €400 million contract for improvement of water distribution services in Coimbatore.

The 26-year project is the largest water services contract won by Suez in India. The company has been asked to manage and operate the water distribution system within the entire city to ensure continuous drinking water access to its 1.6 million inhabitants.

Coimbatore is one of the largest textiles and industrial hubs in India and the city's municipal authorities were looking to rope in a company to improve quality of water services and ensure permanent access to drinking water on 24X7 basis to its rapidly-growing population.

The scope of Suez's contract includes optimisation, rehabilitation and operation of the entire water distribution system (reservoirs, water network, house connections, water meters & valves), which will cover an area of over 100 km2 with 150,000 connections and a distribution network of 1,200 km.

The contract also aims to improve customer services with a a customer call centre and customer agencies to ensure a personalised service and faster complaints resolution.

“Population and urban growth in India, linked with economic development, has resulted in citizens’ new expectations for quality services. Our longstanding experience in supplying water to cities such as Algiers, Casablanca and Chongqing, and more recently to Indian cities, enables us to guarantee continuous access to quality drinking water to the population of Coimbatore", said SUEZ Group Deputy CEO in charge of international segment Marie-Ange Debon.

In the past five years since it secured its first contract to improve water supply and distribution services in Malviya Nagar district in New Delhi in 2012, Suez has consolidated its market position in India.

The French company, that often competes with its French rival Veolia, has won several major contracts for water distribution and services in major metropolitan cities including Bangalore and Kolkata. The Group said its activity in India contributes to supplying 5.5 billion litre of drinking water to more than 44 million inhabitants every day.

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