New Delhi, May 4: To counter the growing menace of waste and develop a mechanism to recycle it, Government of India and Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi) are partnering to bring the best of science and technology to implement waste management in India.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed in New Delhi on May 3 between Principal Scientific Advisor to the government of India, Prof K. Vijay Raghavan and Director, IIT Delhi, Prof V. Ramgopal Rao for setting up a Centre of Excellence for Waste to Wealth Technologies. The initiative will usher in the implementation of sustainable, scientific and technological solutions for waste management, through validation and deployment of available technologies for transformation of waste to wealth.
Mission to identify new technologies for waste management
The government is aiming to identify, develop and deploy technologies to treat waste to generate energy, recycle materials, and extract resources of value. The mission will also involve the initiative to identify and support the development of new technologies that promise to create a clean and green environment.
Waste to wealth initiative will assist and augment the Swachh Bharat and Smart Cities projects by leveraging science, technology and innovation to create circular economic models that are financially viable for waste management to streamline waste handling in the country.
Project approved under PM-STIAC
The Prime Minister’s Science Technology and Innovation Advisory Council (PM-STIAC) approved the project of waste to wealth – the council being the overarching body for assessment, creation and implementation of major scientific, technology and innovation interventions for India. The partnership between the government and IIT Delhi is expected to provide an effective platform for individuals and organisations to develop and bring together integrated approaches for effective recycle, reuse and resource recovery of waste.
The partnership was also in the commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, and a tribute to his vision of swachha bharat, which envisages a clean environment for every citizen. The government has brought together many departments and scientific institutions to further this mission and develop scientific solutions to tackle the waste problem in India.