28th April 2022: Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam and Team Cleans by Agrotech India have joined forces to run their latest Ghaziabad wastewater treatment project. The idea is to restore and rejuvenate all the decentralized sewage systems of the 10-12 km long Sahibabad Drain/Brij Vihar Nala using advanced water cleaning technologies.
The Brij Vihar drain is highly contaminated with various carcinogenic waste products like heavy metals and arsenic, transmitting dangerous pathogens and diseases, affecting the water quality and threatening wildlife living in and around the water body. The poor condition of the drain is attributed to illegal discharge of garbage from connecting points like Sri Durga Mata Mandir and the nearby market and shops, Alaknanda Apartment, pipe market and the failure of J-point pumping station in managing the flow coming from the Bhopura area.
Through this project, Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam and Team Cleans have attempted to resolve three major problems: water pollution with solid and dissolved contaminants coming from industrial and municipal sources; accumulated silt and sediment at the Brij Vihar Nala bed; and high risk of water overflow during monsoons, which can cause flooding and property damage in the nearby areas.
The project has 2 phases. Under phase 1, the teams have leveraged Mechanical Desilting, Trash Barriers to remove floating debris from the water surface and Geotube Technology to treat the water quality using hydraulic pressure to transport the sand from water to the land area. So far, they have already covered around 5 kms of the drain (from J-point to the Police Station Link Road area and bhopura to shaheed nagar metro station), and successfully removed around 20,000 tons of silt and floating garbage.
The desilting process included removing garbage like water bottles, debris, animal carcasses, plant branches, etc., sludge removal such as rocks, bricks, construction materials, removal of floating sludge using net, and cleaning drain side banks on both sides by labors. Additionally, the teams have also been driving public awareness around the same through awareness rallies and taking feedback and suggestions from people residing in the nearby locations. The team will also be utilising Battery powered Roboats to collect garbage in already cleaned areas
As part of phase 2, Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam and Team Cleans are using Eastern Europe Technology to rejuvenate the water by reducing the biological oxygen demand (BOD) and chemical oxygen demand (COD), followed by complete filtration and beautification of the drain. It’s an ongoing project that is estimated to complete in the next 10-12 months.
Akhilesh Jain, Co-Founder, Agrotech India, said, “We are honoured to be a part of this great initiative that Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam has taken to make the lives of Ghaziabad residents hazard-free. The Brij Vihar Nala is extremely polluted with household waste and illegal industry discharge, posing a threat to people and the environment. We at Team Cleans have already made 35% progress in our journey and are confident to make this area clean and hygienic in the coming months. Moreover, as part of this project, Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam will also be taking strong action against industries doing illegal discharge, which is the main cause of contamination.”
Mahender Singh Tawar, Commissioner, Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation, said, “The condition of Brij Vihar Nala worsened with a constant discharge of household and industrial waste, and it called for dire attention. The Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam and the Team Cleans have taken a great and much-needed initiative to clean this drain and make Ghaziabad a hazard-free zone. I would also like to thank all the residents of this area for sharing regular feedback about the issues they face and how we can tackle them. Through this initiative, we strive to improve peoples’ standard of living and encourage them to lead a hygienic and healthy life.”
Founded in 2019, Agrotech India is a technology company offering high-impact end-to-end agricultural solutions to farmers using its proprietary Crop Loss Assessment Support System (CLASS) analytical software platform. Backed by Trinity Group (India) and Ctrl2Go LLC. an Eastern European company, the company focuses on four verticals: Agriculture, Water Resources, AgFinTech and Drone Services. The first vertical includes solutions that ensure better results in agriculture, rejuvenation of water bodies and verification of the farmers. Through its third vertical, it provides banking solutions such as digital onboarding of farmers, KCC loan, farm loan screening through Agrotech Farm Analytics Report (AFAR), farmer rating using AI and ML, and on the spot screening of farmer applications for loan processing. The idea is to connect farmers with banks and make credit and other finances easily accessible to them, ensuring a better livelihood for farmers.