Israel offers to share expertise in Ganga river cleaning project
NEW DELHI: Israel has expressed interest in sharing
its expertise on water purification and waste water treatment under Prime
Minister Narendra Modi’s pet project for cleaning river Ganga.
The Centre had set a target of three years to
rejuvenate the polluted holy river Ganga and has formed an integrated plan
‘Namaami Gange’ in this regard.
“We have already met the Union Water Resources
Minister Uma Bharti and the concerned Secretary few times, we want to be
involved. We offered our knowledge, technology and technical know-how (for the
project),” Israel’s Head of Economic and Trade Mission Yonatan Ben-Zaken said.
Speaking on sidelines of a seminar on ‘Water Security
& Waste Water Management’, he said Israel is known for its capabilities and
expertise in waste water treatment, purification and water reuse for
agriculture and industry.
“We are in talks and we think that cleaning industrial
pollutants from the river (Ganga) should be first priority,” Yonatan said.
Emphasising on the need to make Ganga rejuvenation a
mass movement, Modi had yesterday said the first priority of the Namaami Gange
mission should be to prevent fresh generation of pollutants.
Modi was chairing the first high level meeting of the
mission. As many as 11 Israeli companies participated at the seminar, which was
a B2B (business-to-business) interaction between Israeli and Indian companies. The
companies included Aqwise, Biopetroclean, Amiad, Ayala Aqua and Nisco.
The 25 Indian companies that were invited for the
event included L&T, Punj Lloyd, IVRCL, Essar, Engineers India Ltd (EIL),
Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) and National Thermal Power Corporation