Mechanical Engineering Plays a Key Role in Water Purification Process
CSIR-CMERI, Durgapur Working with Objective of Linking Science with Society: Prof. (Dr.) Harish Hirani
Kolkata, March 3, 2021
CSIR-CMERI, Durgapur has rendered a yeoman’s service to minimize the impact of the COVID-19 and has developed a number of innovative technologies to mitigate the risks of the common people, said Professor (Dr.) Harish Hirani, Director, CSIR-CMERI today while addressing a webinar on ‘Water Purification Technology for MSMEs’ organised by by the Southern Gujrat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SGCCI), Surat.
The Smart dimmable LED Street Lighting and Parking System etc. installed in the residential campus of the Institute has already turned the premise ‘Eco Campus’. Speaking about the Water Purification technologies, Prof. (Dr.) Hirani stressed that Mechanical Engineering plays a key role in the water purification process and the Institute is working with the objective of linking science with the society. It was observed that Gujrat is affected by groundwater contamination whether it may be salinity, Fluoride, Nitrate, Arsenic or Iron. The concept of Zero Liquid Discharge introduced at the CSIR-CMERI Colony was referred which purifies the daily domestic used wastewater and is reused for the irrigation purpose for the vegetation. This system may be effectively utilised not only to get rid of the scarcity of water but for its self sustenance also, reiterated Professor (Dr.) Hirani.
The director, CSIR-CMERI gave a detailed presentation on the CSIR-CMERI developed Water Technologies and how it has positively impacted the lives of people across the Nation. The Community, Medium and Domestic Scale Iron, Arsenic, Fluoride technologies were showcased to the Start-Ups and MSEs. Prof.Hirani also highlighted the magic of Science when all the three purification technologies are unified in a Single System i.e. the FAIR Technology; it substantially reduces the purification cost per litre. The Mechanised Drainage Cleaning System developed by CSIR-CMERI can help contain the spread of contaminated water as it clears Drainage Choking and treats Waste Water through a decentralised Mobile Water Purification System. This can also help address the Flooding related issues of major cities across the nation.
Shri P. N. Solanki, Dy Director, MSME-DI congratulated SGCCI for holding such webinar and assured their cooperation for breezing the gap between the MSMEs, CSIR-CMERI and the industries particularly relating to textile, chemical, aquaculture, printing etc. who are facing the problem of water. He also suggested SGCCI to sign a MoU with CSIR-CMERI for going ahead with a coordinated approach to work further in this regard for mutual benefit of all the stakeholders.