Govt, IIT-Delhi to set up waste to wealth tech centre

Government of India and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, a premier academic and research institution, have joined forces to set up a centre of excellence focused on waste to wealth technologies

May 2, 2019

SBM aims to make India open-defecation free as well as clean up water resources, and was allocated a budget of US$2.6 billion during 2018-19

India’s waste collection and management industry is expected to reach a valuation of US$13.6 billion by 2025, driven annual growth of 7.2 per cent

India produces more than 60 million tonnes of solid waste annually, 80 per cent of which end up untreated and polluting the atmosphere

The project was approved under Prime Minister’s Science Technology and Innovation Advisory Council (PM-STIAC) - a R&D promotion platform

Government of India and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, a premier academic and research institutions, have joined forces to set up a centre of excellence focused on waste to wealth technologies. The deal between the Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA) to the Central Government and IIT Delhi will bring together the best of science and technology to improve waste management in India. Announced on May 2, the project comes as part of the Indian Government’s Swachh Bharat Mission, which is at the centre of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary celebration. SBM aims to make India open-defecation free as well as clean up water resources, and was allocated a budget of US$2.6 billion in 2018-19.

India’s waste collection and management industry is expected to reach a valuation of US$13.6 billion by 2025, driven an annual growth of 7.2 per cent. The centre will innovate technologies for implementation of sustainable, scientific and technological solutions for waste management. The project was approved under the Prime Minister’s Science Technology and Innovation Advisory Council (PM-STIAC) – an overarching body for assessment, creation and implementation of major innovations in India. The deal will provide a platform for stakeholders to bring together integrated methods for effective recycle, reuse and resource recovery of waste. IIT Delhi is already working on a number of waste to wealth projects.

India produces over 60 million tonnes of solid waste annually, 80 per cent of which end up untreated and polluting the atmosphere. The immediate objective of the project will be to implement technologies that are available with various national and international academias, industries, research laboratories and other agencies by way of setting up pilot projects on-site, and demonstrating the proof of concept of the technology under Indian condition. The long-term goal is to create circular economic models for waste management, leveraging big data analytics and frontier technologies to streamline waste in India. Under the initiative, a waste to wealth programme management centre will also be set up at IIT Delhi.