The Prime Minister's Science, Technology and Innovation Advisory Council (PM-STIAC) through the Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA) to the Government of India has setup the Waste to Wealth - Swachh Bharat Unnat Bharat Mission to identify science and technology solutions for India’s waste challenges.
Pollution of our water bodies is one of the most critical waste challenges facing India. India is placed 120th amongst 122 countries in the water quality index (“World Water Day”, 2020). Approximately 80% of urban India’s sewage enters river bodies untreated or partly treated (“Around 80% of Sewage”, 2013). India’s Central Pollution Control Board has identified more than 351 polluted river stretches on 323 rivers across the country (“River Stretches for Restoration”, 2018). Some of our largest urban lakes are heavily polluted. For instance, 256.7 million litres of untreated sewage enter the Bellandur Lake daily (“BDA floats”, 2020), and 20 million liters of untreated sewage enters in Dal lake daily (Dutta Saptarshi, 2017), among others. Cleaning and securing these water bodies is important to ensure access to clean water to our citizens, reduce contamination of our groundwater, cleaning of our rivers, a safe habitat for our aquatic biodiversity, amongst others. The challenge invites solutions for lakes, ponds, reservoirs and drains in rural and urban India.
The mission is pleased to announce the cleaning and restoring India’s water bodies challenge. We invite companies and entrepreneurs from India and around the world to apply with existing technology solutions addressing the following key:
|Waste Challenge||Technology Solutions Sought|
|Urban drains ( A runoff collection and transportation system responsible for removing stormwater runoff from urban areas to prevent flooding)||
|Water bodies/ lakes/ponds/reservoirs across rural and urban areas||