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Work Starts on Cleaning the Barapullah Drain
  • DBT, DDA and Kingdom of The Netherlands collaborate for Barapullah drain cleaning.
  • Hon’ble Minister of Science & Technology will lay the foundation stone on the site on Tuesday 9th May 2017
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  • Project “Local Treatment of Urban Sewage Streams for Healthy Reuse (LOTUSHR)” depicts the union of Indian and Dutch strengths.
  • The project aims to demonstrate waste-water management approach that will produce clean water.
  • The design of the pilot plant will be scalable and modular to fit into the highly populated urban terrain.

A foundation stone will be laid on the site to mark the beginning of work on cleaning the Barapullah drain on 9th May, 2017 by the Hon’ble Minister of Science & Technology, India Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands, Mr. Bert Koenders and Lt. Governor of Delhi, Sh. Anil Baijal.

Other dignitaries present will be Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, Prof. K VijayRaghavan, DDA Vice-Chairman, Mr. Arun Goel and The Netherlands Ambassador to India H.E. Alphonsus Stoelinga.
The highlight of the ceremony will be the laying of the Foundation Stone for the on-site laboratory and pilot plant and the start of the cleaning and beautification of the Barapullah Drain with unveiling of an art work. The art work represents Indo – Dutch collaboration for the LOTUS project in form of two flowers ‘lotus’ and ‘tulip’, depicting the union of Indian and Dutch strengths.
Local Treatment of Urban Sewage Streams for Healthy Reuse (LOTUSHR) is an Indo-Netherlands joint project to be funded by Department of Biotechnology (Government of India) and NWO/STW (The Government of Netherlands).

Partnering Institutes:-

Indian side:

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

Dutch side:

  1. Technical University (TU) Delft,
  2. Institute for Water Education in partnership with UNESCO, The Netherlands
  3. Wageningen University
  4. Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW)
  5. Vrije Universiteit

Companies: Shell India, Berson UV, Nijhuis Industries, HWL, Hydrorock, IPstar, Alterra, RIKILT, Scholte holding B.V., JCI Industries, STOWA, LEAF, Killian Water, Waste, Greenyard Horticulture Belgium NV.

Summary of the project

barapullacon1The 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.

Programme 9th May