Israeli Firm Comes to Rescue of Toxic Drain in Delhi
An Israeli firm with specialized knowledge in Phytoremediation, a technique
that uses shrubs to remove and destroy contaminants in soil and water and
constructed wetlands, has been outsourced the task to clean a major drainage
dumping effluents in the Yamuna river.
11 February 2017
New Delhi (Sputnik) — An Israeli firm has been outsourced the task to clean
up a major drainage stretch linked to the Yamuna river by the government of
national capital Delhi. River Yamuna is considered one of the most polluted
in the country with almost the entire household and industrial effluents of
the national capital region being dumped in it.
Israeli firm Ayala Water and Ecology Ltd, which is famous for its water
purifying and desalinization technology, will come up with a detailed plan
to clean up the Bhalswa to Surghat stretch of the supplementary drain, an
eight-kilometer stretch of one of the most polluting drains that empties
into the highly-polluted Yamuna river.
“The report will be prepared in the next four months. We have chosen the
supplementary drain to begin with and plan to expand the project further. It
can be considered a big step as the drain has a capacity of 180 million
liters per day (MLD),” said Kapil Mishra, Delhi's water minister.
The company has expertise in ‘Phytoremediation’, that uses shrubs to remove
and destroy contaminants in soil and water, and ‘constructed wetlands’,
which is also a natural method to cleanse water.
Supplementary is among the four big canals that join the Yamuna in Delhi
where it traverses a distance of about 46 kms. Other drains that are linked
to Yamuna are the Barapula, Shahadara and Najafgarh drains.
The Israeli firm is already working on projects in other Indian cities,
including Hyderabad and Chennai, offering Israeli technology to help address
water and ecological challenges.
“As we celebrate 25 years of growing partnership, we are glad to offer
Israeli technology integrated in government initiatives for the benefit of
the Indian citizen. This is another example of the multifaceted partnership
between India and Israel,” said Daniel Carmon, Israeli Ambassador to India,
quoted the Press Trust of India.