Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi visited the IITM Research Park (IITMRP), and Professor T. Pradeep presented an overview of our activities before him as he visited the ICCW stall organized by the incubation cell.
Clean water technologies are essential for the Clean India Campaign, known as the Swachch Bharat Abhiyan – our PM’s ambitious ongoing project. Also, ICCW’s mission is aligned to the Jal Shakti Abhiyan, through its various water conservation initiatives. PM’s much-anticipated visit to IITM and IITMRP on September 30, 2019, reverberated this aspect. A walkthrough of diverse technologies and start-ups incubated by research teams of IITM and others was organized at the IITMRP. The PM showed tremendous interest in water; undisputedly, water is one of the foremost subjects on his agenda.
Here, at the ICCW stall, nanotechnology-enabled water treatment projects such as AMRIT (Anion and Metal Removal Indian Technology), CDI (Capacitive De-Ionisation) technology and VayuJal (atmospheric water harvester) were presented. Advanced materials solutions for some of the most down to earth problems of the country were exhibited. As part of the team, along with the Professor, Mr Anshup (Co-inventor of AMRIT Technology and Director, Hydromaterials Ltd.), Mr Vijay Sampth (Managing Director & CEO, InnoDI), and Mr Ramesh Kumar (Co-founder & Director, VayuJal) were present.
CDI, a desalination technology, using advanced materials produces potable water in an environment-friendly and cost-effective way.
Millions of lives are endangered by arsenic contamination of groundwater and irrigation water in many parts of North India. AMRIT, our sustainable and affordable arsenic removal technology has the potential to transform India by providing clean drinking water for the common man.
In a parting message, Pradeep shared his belief with the PM, “As we have delivered arsenic-free water to 1 million people already, with our technology it is possible that this menace can be eradicated from our country soon.”
“The PM was visibly happy, smiled, patted on my shoulder as a sign of encouragement and moved to the next stall,” said Pradeep.