IIT-Kanpur to provide scientific support for cleaning Ganga

Ganga Cleaning,

Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur (IIT-K) which is known for its public research will now be providing scientific support towards the dynamic evolution and implementation of the Ganga River Basin Management Plan. A 10-year memorandum of agreement to this effect was signed here between IIT-K and National Mission for Clean Ganga under the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation on April-17, an official release said. In addition, the two sides yesterday announced the formal launch of Centre for Ganga River Basin Management and Studies (CGRBMS) here. Delivering the keynote address on the occasion, Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Uma Bharati explained in detail the need for such a centre and the importance of the collaboration with IIT-K. "We are trying to make a frame work where opinions of people across the globe who are interested in our rivers should be invited,"she said, adding that the focus is currently on cleaning the Ganga by setting up Effluent Treatment Plants (ETPs) and Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs). She pointed out that while such issues can be solved by procuring technologies from around the world, it is important to ensure continuous flow in the rivers. To solve this, it needs combined effort of government authorities, academicians, researchers etc, the Minister added. On the other hand, Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, Shashi Shekhar said that the government has decided to implement Sewage Treatment Plants (STP's) using a specific Public Private Partnership (PPP) framework called hybrid annuity model. "The government will be technology agnostic and neutral but it doesn't have the capacity to evaluate the technologies. The Centre must take this up as one of its tasks," he added. Also speaking on the occasion, Professor IITK, Dr. Vinod Tare said that the Centre will act as a think-tank to the government as well as knowledge hub to coordinate all activities within the Ganga river basin and these activities will include science, technology, research, innovation, social, economics, finance and investment related aspects." He added that the centre will collaborate with many national and international bodies. Meanwhile, Prof Tare said the Ganga River Basin Management Plan 2015 by IIT Consortiums has provided strategic action plans, some policy interventions and management action along with financial implications. These plans shall be further detailed by the centre with financial, social, economic and environment implications, he added


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