Now Ganga water in your water bottles

Sulabh International is working on project to provide safe drinking water from polluted Ganga

GN Bureau | May 7, 2015


#river ganga   #varanasi   #sulabh international   #sulabh international drinking water   #sulab toilets   #bindeshwar pathak   #ganga pollution  

Soon the residents of Varanasi will be able to get pure drinking water from the polluted river Ganga, which is filthy and unhealthy even for a dip.

Sulabh International is claiming to provide its new innovation at Asi ghat of the temple town in next three months.

“The proposed plant will provide 8,000 litre of pure drinking water daily. The plant would be established within next three months time. Sulabh has already established such plants at North 24-Parganas, Murshidabad and Nadia districts of West Bengal,” Sulabh founder Bindeshwar Pathak said in a press meet in Varanasi on Wednesday.

Using its recently developed technology, Sulabh claimed that the water thus treated will be available at 50 paise per litre, including distribution and storing charges, which is cheapest in the world.

The total cost of setting up the plant will be Rs 20 lakh which will be funded by Sulabh itself. Pathak and his team are in Varanasi to initiate the process.

The water purification technology, developed by the NGO has already been tested in Cambodia and Madagascar but is being used on a larger scale in rural West Bengal.

The model uses a four-stage purification process using alum and UV filter to produce clean and safe drinking water from river Ganga.

The technology is a joint venture of Sulabh and a French organisation '1001 Fontaines', which through various stages of purification provide safe drinking water from any water bodies like rivers or ponds.

 "This is the first time in the world that we have succeeded in producing pure drinking water at a very nominal cost by this new technology and commoners may get direct benefit," Pathak said.

“We will soon seek permission from authorities concerned for settings up of the plant. It's not a commercial venture.”

In Varanasi, the Ganga takes care of about 45% of the water supply of the city, while 50% of the city’s water needs are met by 112 deep tube wells operated by government. The remaining 5% supply comes from hand pumps.

The stretch of the river from Kanpur to Varanasi is extremely polluted. Pollutants like lead, cadmium, nitrate and arsenic are found in the river and are extremely harmful for people living on its banks.
 

Comments

 

Other News

Exclusive Breastfeeding? Yes. Effective Breastfeeding? No. What to do?

Our hearts almost skipped a beat when we heard community health officer (CHO) Dr. Sandeep Kakuste’s success story with baby Pinki Lakhan Patil, who was born underweight in a brick kiln. Pinki weighed 1.7 kg at birth. As she was on exclusive breastfeed she could not have gained weight by any other met

Places of Worship Act: Time for a second look?

A videography survey in the Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi this month, along with a similar survey in the mosque in Mathura permitted by a court, has brought the Places of Worship Act under focus after a gap of three decades. In 1991, at the peak of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement, the PV Narasimh

Gujarat is key if India is to become $5 trillion economy

The Government of Gujarat had set up a task force committee in February 2022 under the chairmanship of Dr. Hasmukh Adhia, former union finance secretary, to work out a strategy for the state to contribute in making India a USD 5 trillion economy, as per the vision of the prime minister. In three months, th

Why is Lanka in flames: the making of a crisis

This time it was not Lord Hanuman, but the poor decision-making of the political leaders combined with several global economic factors that set Sri Lanka in flames. A state of emergency was declared in Sri Lanka. This month, after the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka resigned from his post, the

Growing Up as a Multilinguist

Being and Becoming Multilingual: Some Narratives Edited by Rajesh Sachdeva and Rama Kant Agnihotri

Mumbai civil body refutes allegations of scam in tenement scheme

The BrihanMumbai municipal corporation (BMC) has rejected the Congress accusations of financial irregularities worth Rs 8,000 crore—9,000 croe in awarding contracts for getting project-affected people (PAP) tenements on private land.    BMC has said that it implements vital p

Visionary Talk: Arvind Sawant, Member of Parliament with Kailashnath Adhikari, MD, Governance Now


Archives

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter