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Barapullah Project: Transforming a Drain into a Clean Water Tech Park -A DBT-DDA joint venture

Date: September 18, 2018
Time: 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Venue: Sun Dial Park, Sarai Kale Khan

On September 18, 2018 two new projects on Barapullah Drain as part of the LOTUSHR project will be thrown open to the public near Sun Dial Park, Sarai Kale Khan in the presence of Hon’ble Minister S&T, Environment, Forest & Climate Change and Earth Sciences Dr Harsh Vardhan & Hon’ble Lt. Governor, Delhi Sh. Anil Baijal.

Project 1: Eram Toilets

Two Eram toilets supported by DBT-BIRAC and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have been installed near Bharapullah Drain Sun Dial Park and the technology validated for its bio-digestor technology on site. These toilets will be inaugurated by Hon’ble Minister S&T, Environment, Forest & Climate Change and Earth Sciences Dr Harsh Vardhan to the public on September 17, 2018. The Sun Dial Park is popular with people from this area and these toilets will be a boon to the public. This is an attempt to meet the goals set by the Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan and the contribution of the Department of Biotechnology, the Ministry of Science and Technology to “Swachhta hi Seva hai” programme launched by Hon’ble PM on 15th September 2018.

Project 2: Tiny Forest

In another unique initiative DBT has undertaken Afforestation of marshy flood plains, degraded and unusable land and planted 2281 plant and tree species planted. These are from 44 indigenous species.
The names and details of these indigenous species are listed at ANNEXURE. This not only cleans the area, mitigates mosquito breeding but purifies the air and soil.

The species and the spacing of the planted material is carefully planned using a technology which allows these trees to grow rapidly and within a short span of two-three years recover a unique ecosystem of birds, insects and animals. The afforestation of the land can already be seen and the progress of this project is visible to all. We hope this will set an example and our degraded land reclaimed at rapidly.

New project announced:

Hon’ble Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan will also announce the DBT-ICT Centre for Energy Biosciences, Mumbai new project on Next Generation Waste Treatment Technology platform comprising three novel technologies. The present project aims at building 1MLD capacity sewage water processing to showcase the Next Generation Treatment Technology in an integrated manner.

There would be a state of the art facility created to showcase and validate the novel technology. The developed combination of advanced and simple technologies effectively captures all pollutants from contaminated water bodies and channelizes these to efficient energy production.

Quick Summary of “Local Treatment of Urban Sewage Streams for Healthy Reuse (LOTUSHR)” Project:
Partnering Institutes:-
Indian side:

  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi,
  • The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) New Delhi
  • National Environmental and Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) Nagpur

Dutch side:

  • Technical University (TU) Delft,
  • Institute for Water Education in partnership with UNESCO, The Netherlands
  • Wageningen University
  • Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW)
  • Vrije Universiteit

About the project:-
The project aims to demonstrate a novel holistic (waste-) water management approach, that will produce clean water that can be reused for various proposes (e.g. industry, agriculture, construction etc.), while simultaneously recovering nutrients and energy from the urban waste water, thus converting drain into profitable mines. Special attention will be paid to pathogen removal and removing conventional and emerging pollutants (which are only partly retained in the existing WWTPs).

Demonstration site for the project:-
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.

The project will develop an innovative pilot scale plant, suitable to cope with Indian conditions in a location specific manner. The final design of the pilot plant will be scalable and modular, to fit into the highly populated urban terrain.

The project was sanctioned in February 2017 and the brief updates are as follows:

Updates on Actions completed:

  • Onsite lab setup and operational
  • 150 litre per day of waste water is being treated as of date.
  • Two Eram toilets installed.
  • Afforestation of marshy flood plains (700 sq. mtrs.) completed
    • Area cleaned
    • Soil dumped (this has mitigated mosquito breeding in the area)
    • 2281 plant and tree species planted. These are from 44 indigenous species.

Min to Min Programme Barapullah Green Tech Park