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India-Netherlands river cleaning project takes off

Amit Kumar, New Delhi
10/05/2017   0 Comments

Laying the foundation stone for on-site laboratory and pilot plant and the start of the cleaning and beautification of the Barapullah Drain under the joint Indo-Netherlands Project “LOcal Treatment of Urban Sewage Streams for Healthy Reuse (LOTUS HR), Science & Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan has said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Government has underlined cleaning of rivers as a key mission. 

“There are many available technologies to clean rivers. Their implementation must go ahead with speed. At the same time new de-centralised technologies need to be constantly developed and tested,” said the Minister.

With this in mind, Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and NWO, the Netherlands Science Agency announced a joint call for proposals for cleaning the Barapullah drain. DBT in consultation with DDA has identified the Barapullah drain, Sarai Kale Khan, in the state of Delhi for setting up on-site experimental testing lab and for the establishment of a pilot plant. DDA has leased to DBT, a land measuring 200 Sq meters for a period of 5 years adjacent to the Sun Dial Park for this purpose. 

After a rigorous and robust selection process on both sides, the project “Local Treatment of Urban Sewage Streams for Healthy Reuse (LOTUS)” has been finalised for setting up a demonstration plant for cleaning the Barapullah drain. 

The project LOcal Treatment of Urban Sewage Streams for Healthy Reuse (LOTUS HR) is an Indo-Netherlands joint project funded by Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India and NWO/STW, The Government of Netherlands.

The participation of end-users in the project will ensure that the demonstration site becomes a self-sustaining initiative that will not finish at the end of the project and will be taken up by the end-users. 

The Minister of Science & Technology Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands Bert Koenders and Lt. Governor of Delhi, Anil Baijal laid the foundation stone to mark the beginning of work on cleaning the Barapullah drain in New Delhi yesterday.


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