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3 European countries sign pacts to join India’s river rejuvenation project

NEW DELHI: Three European nations on Wednesday signed agreements with India to beef up the country’s river rejuvenation undertaking beneath the India-EU water partnership (IEWP) framework.

The pacts will permit the implementation of EU innovative applied sciences for the river rejuvenation programme. The river undertaking initiative additionally helped 50 EU and Indian businesses come in combination and can permit them to share their expertise and applied sciences.

Six expressions of intent and MoUs have been exchanged between the IEWP and several European member states, together with Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, world organisations as well as IIT Kanpur on the 4th EU India Water Forum (IWF) here on Wednesday. Arjun Ram Meghwal, minister of state for water sources, river construction & Ganga rejuvenation, who inaugurated the discussion board, oversaw the signing of the MoUs.

The IEWP objectives to expand an built-in and holistic river basin management plan for the Tapi basin mixing the technical expertise of India and the EU, and will also deliver in combination Gujarat, MP and Maharashtra that share the basin.

On the usage of EU applied sciences for the river undertaking, Raimund Magis, Chargé d'Affaires, delegation of the EU to India, stated, “We are running carefully with India on nine precedence areas in the water management sector and with added expertise and beef up by way of EU member states, we hope to step up this collaboration.”

Akhil Kumar, joint secretary in the water ministry, stated: “Joint efforts inside the IEWP framework will reinforce our water sources management, blank our rivers and contribute to sustainable socio-economic in India.”

Under an existing water cleansing programme, researchers from Delft University of Technology, Netherlands, were running on Delhi’s Barapullah drain cleansing undertaking in collaboration with IIT-Delhi. In the ultimate 20 years, the EU and its member states have carried out 168 river basin management tasks to reinforce the water quality of all European rivers.

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