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Institution of Engineering and Technology develops an internet of things blueprint for a clean Ganga
Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), a non-profit engineering organisation, has created a blueprint through their IoT India panel to implement internet of things devices and related technology for curbing pollution and improving water flow for the 2,525-km long river Ganga.
Vivek Mehrotra, chairman of IET India IoT Panel’s Ganga Rejuvenation says that Ganga as a river has been neglected for a long time. There are a lot of local industries which allow chemicals to flow unprocessed along with sewage which is dumped into the river.
“There are laws in place to check pollution but most of these industries are unregulated in terms of the chemicals released into the river. Then you have human and industrial waste along with excessive fertilisers which are not used by farmers, which is released into Ganga.”
Moreover, he points out that diverting the course of river and construction near banks have depleted the river bed.
Keeping these issues in mind, Mehrotra says that IoT India panel plans to work collaboratively with technology companies, universities and the government to implement IoT-based devices across Varanasi to check pollution and based on the data collected, the government can act accordingly.
“IoT is just not for collecting data but about analysing the data and give aforesaid results. Our devices can monitor the situation across the length of the river and then share the data with local authorities and universities to work on it.”
But a clean Ganga has been far from reality so far. ET had earlier reported that the National Green Tribunal directed many states in India through which the river flows to rejuvenate Ganga by declaring it as a ‘No-Development Zone’. However, due to inaction, the NGT issued warrants against Haryana and Rajasthan governments.
Mehrotra says that they will run a POC in Varanasi for six months and take note of the progress and act accordingly.
“We have created a framework, technology will follow and now we are looking forward to procuring such devices with the help of universities.”