The collaboration with Japan will aid effective reuse of treated wastewater

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) signed between the Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Ministry of Jal Shakti, and the Ministry of the Environment of Japan in the areas of Decentralized Domestic Waste Water Management.

The collaboration with Japan through the MoC shall prove to be very fruitful in areas such as decentralized domestic wastewater management and effective reuse of treated wastewater using Johkasou technology.

According to the Ministry of Jal Shakti, the decentralized Johkasou systems towards the management of wastewater will have great ramifications for the management of grey/ black water from settlements with coverage under Jal Jeevan Mission as well as the sustainability of sources of fresh water under the mission, besides similar situation under Namami Gange Program.

It will help urban local bodies to plan better for the complex issue of wastewater.

There shall be no financial obligations on both the Parties under this MoC, said the Ministry

Under the MoC signed on March 19, 2022, a Management Council (MC) will be formed which will be responsible for the implementation of this agreement by formulating detailed activities of collaboration and monitoring its progress.

To facilitate the activities under this MOC, case-specific detailed documents such as Pre-Feasibility Reports, Feasibility Reports, and Detailed Project Reports, among others, may be created, covering detailed specifications in the respective areas as well as other pertinent matters such as, if deemed necessary, the financial arrangement of such case-specific programme and project.

The Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has been envisaging bilateral cooperation with other countries in water resources development and management through sharing of policy and technical expertise, conducting of training courses, workshops, scientific and technical symposia, exchange of experts and study tours, added the Ministry.

Keeping in view the ongoing India-Japan cooperation, it has been decided to have an agreement with Japan to exchange experience and expertise in the decentralized treatment sector, said the Ministry.