IIT Roorkee to raise Rs 50 lakh for bio-toilets near ganges

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In order to deal with water pollution, students at IIT-Roorkee have taken to crowdfunding to raise Rs 50 lakh for building bio-toilets. The campaign highlights degradation of the holy river and an alarming level of its exploitation.

In order to deal with water pollution, students at IIT-Roorkee have taken to crowdfunding to raise Rs 50 lakh for building bio-toilets on the ghats of river Ganga and design drones to monitor the same as their contribution to “Clean Ganga” campaign. Named ‘Aviral Ganga’, the campaign highlights degradation of the holy river and an alarming level of its exploitation despite the Centre’s innumerable efforts to clean it.

An announcement about the initiative, which is guided by the UNESCO, the UNEP, the Centre for Environment Education and the South Asian Youth Environment Network (SAYEN), was made at the inaugural day of IIT-Roorkee’s annual fest “Cognisance”.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, who was scheduled to inaugurate the three-day conference, could not turn up due to other commitments. But his video message was played at the event.

NGO Shuddhi to build bio-toilets

“A team of 70 students from IIT Roorkee, guided by the faculty members, will be holding a series of event throughout the year to raise funds to the tune of Rs 50 lakh for the cause. It will then be handed over to the partnering NGO Shuddhi which will take up the further task of building bio-toilets,” said Anant Pratap Singh, Convenor for the campaign.

Drone making competition

“During the festival a drone making competition will also be organised to make drones capable of monitoring pollution level of rivers and other water bodies,” he said, adding that the faculty members are likely to raise around Rs 10 lakh for the campaign.

IIT-Roorkee Director A K Chaturvedi said that the students have taken up the initiative besides their contributions to policy making and development of workable models that cater with problem areas.

Heroes of the ‘Clean Ganga’ campaign

As a precursor to the campaign, IIT had last week felicitated six “unsung heroes” who have done considerable work for the “Clean Ganga” campaign.

They included Vikas Chandra, founder of the Ganga Bachao Andolan 2000; Jaiprakash Dabral, founder of the Himalayan Chipko Foundation; Akash Sinha, founder of Omni Present Robot Tech; Ankit Agarwal, co-founder of Help Us Green; and Siddhant Aggarwal, co-founder of Veditam Ganga.

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