Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8 Version Not Supported, Please Upgrade Your Latest Browser

Latest Announcments
Other Links
Work Starts on Cleaning the Barapullah Drain

pressrelease11-52017slider

Work Starts on Cleaning the Barapullah Drain:
Project “Local Treatment of Urban Sewage Streams for Healthy Reuse) (LOTUSHR)
Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony, Tuesday 9th May 2017

The foundation stone was laid for setting up of the on-site test laboratory and pilot plant to mark the beginning of work on cleaning the Barapullah drain under the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), the Kingdom of The Netherlands and Delhi Development Authority (DDA) joint project LOTUSHR on 9 May, 2017. The Foundation stone will be laid 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.

The Hon’ble Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan emphasised the need for each department/ministry contribute to the Prime Minister’s Swacchh Bharat Abhiyan. Cleaning Barapullah, the second largest drain in Delhi is one of the most ambitious projects of his ministry and added that “Cleaning our rivers is perhaps the most important and noblest of our missions and the Ganga and Yamuna must lead in this effort. This is a major programme monitored by our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi himself. Bringing the best of science in India in partnership with the best in the world, such as with the Netherlands, ensures that our combined genius gets the job of clearing the Barapulla Nulla done faster and better. This is a great example of global partnerships working to make in India, for India.”

Mr. Bert Koenders, Dutch Foreign Minister while expressing the support of the Netherlands support for the Barapullah project said “Barapullah project is a perfect example of the Indo-Dutch cooperation on innovation, to solve societal challenges. This project is unique, as researchers will work with companies to develop new technologies to clean waste water in an innovative and affordable manner to be reused for agriculture, industry and households.”

Other dignitaries present were Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, Prof. K VijayRaghavan, DDA Vice-Chairman, Mr. Udai Pratap Singh and The Netherlands Ambassador to India H.E. Alphonsus Stoelinga.

The Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, Dr. K. VijayRaghavan said: “We are delighted to partner with our colleagues in Delhi and in the Netherlands in this audacious and ambitious project. We seek to bring new science and tech to an old problem. There are many solutions available now, but they are costly and difficult in our environment. Our ambition is to develop solutions that are frugal and implementable here and elsewhere. Come partner with us to get the best brains and resources together to clean the Barapullah and more.”

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).

The project will develop an innovative pilot scale plant, suitable to cope with Indian conditions in a location specific manner. Immediate goals of the project are to set up toilets which will be run by primary treated water from the drain. A bio-compost unit will also be set up on site as part of cleaning and beautification of the site. The final design of the pilot plant will be scalable providing potable water.

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 highlight of the ceremony was 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 LOTUSHR project in form of two flowers ‘lotus’ and ‘tulip’, depicting the union of Indian and Dutch strengths. The piece is mindful of the contribution to the renewability of the Yamuna water and the green cover surrounding the wetland. The Tulip and Lotus art work is being handled by St+Art Foundation. The Indian artists known by their art names as Do & Khatra, are Nikunj and Siddharth respectively. Their style of work consists of 3D graffiti, Imaginative characters and Typography.

BRIEF on the LOTUSHR project:

Local Treatment of Urban Sewage Streams for Healthy Reuse (LOTUSHR):
An Indo-Netherlands joint project to be funded by Department of Biotechnology, Govt of India and NWO/STW, the Govt 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

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:-

The Barapullah drain, Sarai Kale Khan, in the state of Delhi is a 12.5 km long drain responsible for about 30% of pollution in the Yamuna river collecting mainly domestic sewage and waste from small industry. DBT in consultation with DDA has identified the Barapullah drain 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.

Deliverables:-

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.

Utilization Plan:-

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.

From the early start of the project, end-users (municipality, DDA, DJB, NGO’s, and companies like Shell, Hydrorock, Nijhuis, Berson, etc.) will be engaged in design at the pilot location as well as in formulation of specific research sub-questions. This will facilitate rapid adoption of the Water Reuse safety plan and the newly developed products.

Dutch and Indian companies will contribute to the project by sharing their existing technologies, which may need adjustments for becoming functional in the pilot plant.

Architects like Schulte Holding will advise on incorporating these water treatment units in urban mega cities.

Engineers from DDA will help in site preparation and civil construction of the pilot plant.