02-MAY-2015: The Department of Civil Engineering of the Aligarh Muslim University today organized a workshop on Benchmarking of Sewage Treatment Plants. The workshop was sponsored by Safeguarding Water Resources in India with green and Sustainable Technologies (SWINGS), an international collaborative research project funded by Department of Science and Technology, Government of India and European Commission with FP7 Framework.
A large number of foreign experts from UK, Spain and Germany also participated in the deliberations including Dr. Juan Alverez of UK, Dr. Manfred Van Afferden, Germany and Dr. Cartos A. Arias, Denmark.
Mr. Prem Kumar Assudani, Managing Director, UP Jal Nigam said that India has 45,000 kilometer of river length with 12 major river basins, 46 medium river basins, 14 minor and desert river basins. He mentioned that Indian rivers are the lifelines of the people and closely linked with culture and traditions of the country.
Mr. Assudani pointed out that 70% municipal sewage and 30 percent industrial wastes are the major sources of pollution. Some of the major pollutants, however, include solid waste disposal, cremation and bathing at Ghats, disposal of dead bodies, animal bathing and squatter settlements. He said that the UP government has three sewage treatment plants in Kanpur, Allahabad and Varanasi cities to control the water pollution.
Highlighting the SWINGS research project, Dr. Juan Alverez, Coordinator, EU SWINGS said that two pilot projects for treating domestic wastewater have been constructed in the AMU campus, which will become operational very soon.
In his presidential remarks, AMU Vice Chancellor, Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah (Retd.) said that water is the most valuable natural resource and water preservation and water treatment is necessary to safeguard this resource.
Dr. Nadeem Khalil, Project Coordinator SWINGS welcomed the delegates from India and abroad. He said that the project has received funding from the European Union for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement. The Department of Science and Technology (DST) was sponsoring the project.
He expressed gratitude for the support of the Vice Chancellor, Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah and his special interest.
Prof. M. M. Ashhar proposed a vote of thanks.