India Japan join hands to work on wastewater management

Aerial view of a water purification station viewed from above.

New Delhi: India and Japan have joined hands to work together in the area of decentralized domestic waste water management and effective use of treated wastewater.

To implement the project, India and Japan also signed Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC).

A Management Council (MC) will also be formed which will be responsible for the implementation of this MoC by formulating detailed activities of collaboration and the monitoring of its progress.

“The collaboration with Japan through the MoC shall prove to very fruitful in areas such as Decentralized Domestic Wastewater Management and Effective reuse of treated wastewater using Johkasou technology” said the official statement.  

The decentralized Johkasou systems towards management of wastewater can have greater implications for management of grey/ black water from settlements with coverage under Jal Jeevan Mission as well as the sustainability of sources of fresh water under the mission, besides similar situation under Namami Gange Program. 

It will also help ULBs to plan better for the complex issue of treating waste water.

This MoC was signed for promoting cooperation for Decentralized Domestic Wastewater Management in preserving the water environment in the public water areas and improvement of public health, based on the principles of equality and mutual benefit between the two countries. 

The Union Cabinet has given its ex-post facto approval for a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) signed between the Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation (DoWR, RD&GR), Ministry of Jal Shakti and The Ministry of the Environment of Japan on Wednesday.

The government said, there will be no financial obligations on both the Parties under this MoC.

“To facilitate the activities under this MOC, case-specific detailed documents such as Pre-Feasibility Reports, Feasibility Reports, and Detailed Project Reports, among others, may be created, covering detailed specifications in the respective areas as well as other pertinent matters such as, if deemed necessary, the financial arrangement of such case-specific programme and Project” it said.


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