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SPRING Project-India & EU Partnered to Purify Sewage Water in Ganga & Godavari Rivers

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EU, India to develop bio-tech to treat sewage waterThe IIT (Indian Institute of Technology), Banaras Hindu University (BHU) to develop a biotechnology based water treatment system for the purification of sewage water flowing into the rivers Ganga and Godavari through the SPRING Project.

The project is funded by the Indian Ministry of science & technology, Department of biotechnology with the European Union.

The objective of the project is to develop a low cost advanced bio-oxidation system for polluted water. 


i.The field trials and testing prototypes will be done at Godavari delta and at river Ganga. 

ii.Region from upstream of the Varanasi to the downstream of the river Gomati near Kaithy will be covered under the project. 

iii.The river Assi and Varuna will also be a part of the study. The technology will be utilized by Municipality, NGOs or State Water Board. 

Project SPRING

i.The sponsored project, SPRING (Strategic Planning for Water Resources and Implementation of Novel Biotechnical Treatment solutions and Good Practices) is funded for 3 years from June 2020. 

ii.For the 1st time, Geo Spatial analysis will be performed to identify the sources of Pollution at Ganga near Varanasi using remote sensing method. 

iii.Advanced oxidation process (AOP)with will be performed for the treatment of organic pollutants.

iv.Microbial Fuel Cell (MFC) based novel bio-sensing system is used to identify the study area.

Key Info

i.Prof.Prabhat Kumar Singh, Dr. Shishir Gaur and Dr. Anurag Ohri from the department of Civil Engineering are the lead persons from IIT (BHU).

ii.IIT Guwahati, IIT Kharagpur and other academic and research institutes are the part of the project. 

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About IIT (BHU)
Director – Prof. Pramod Kumar Jain
Location – Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh