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IIT Kanpur to develop sustainable villages along Ganges

Jul 04, 2017

Supported by India’s National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), the initiative aims at developing model ‘Ganga Grams’.

Pune: The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a private firm to develop a few sustainable villages on the river banks of Ganga.

The MoU was signed with VA Tech WABAG, a company working in the field of water and waste water treatment with market presence in India, the Middle East, Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America and South East Asia.

Thousands of villagers are expected to be benefitted under exchange of this MOU, and these ‘Model Ganga Grams’ would form part of Namami Gange and Swachh Bharat programs launched by the Government of India.

This initiative is supported by India’s National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), Ministry of Water Resources, Ministry of Rural Development & Ministry of Gram Panchayat, New Delhi.

According to S Varadarajan, Director and Chief Growth Officer of WABAG, “We aim to abate direct discharge of untreated liquid waste-water from villages to Ganga and promote better sanitation practices in the villages. We feel privileged to join hands with IIT Kanpur to create better sustainable villages”

Millions of people in India depend upon river Ganga for the livelihood and well-being. A lifeline for almost 45 percent of the population, the river suffers from overuse and pollution. The Namami Gange project was announced by the Government of India in the July 2014 budget.

The Ganges tolerates domestic waste such as defecation, untreated industrial waste and pollution emanating from thousands of villages and urban settlements. Everyday 1.7 billion liters of such waste run into the river.

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