|Paris based Suez Environement is bidding for a number of water and wastewater treatment projects in India. It also plans to make a big play in municipal solid waste management and waste-to-energy projects here. Suez plans to bid for two large desalination projects in Chennai of 400 million litres a day (mld) and 150 mld capacity and sewage treatment plants in Mumbai. However, Suez says municipal body funds are a problem and these projects will take off only after the Centre steps in and implements the modified urban renewal mission project. The €14.3-billion French multinational recently integrated all its businesses under a unified Suez brand. It has been in India since the 1980s.
Suez’s Chief Executive Officer Jean Louis Chaussade said, “Today, India constitutes a very small share and our expectation is that it will grow.” France accounts for a third of its business, with the rest of Europe and international operations accounting for a third each. Chaussade believes India and China, each with a billion-plus population and growing, will see a huge demand for cleaner water and increased waste water treatment facilities as also municipal solid waste management. Increasing urbanisation will see the need for more efficient water distribution and collection systems, and waste recycling. This is why Suez feels it can achieve its ambition of growing its India business 10 times in the next five years. The company hopes to play an important role in the Ganga Action Plan, to clean up the river, and in the Modi Government’s Swachh Bharat campaign.