Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Ministry of Railways and Ministry of Water Resources

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Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Ministry of Railways and Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation for use of Non-potable Water released after treatment from sewage/effluent treatment plants located in Ganga and Yamuna River zones for various non-potable Railway purpose.
Indian Railways is committed to conservation of water:-  Suresh Prabhu

Indian Railways and Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation are partnering for a good cause:- Uma Bharati

 In the august presence of Minister of Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu and Minster ofWater Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharati, A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding use of Non-potable Water released after treatment from sewage/effluent treatment plants located in Ganga and Yamuna River zones for Railway purpose was signed today i.e. 3rd December, 2015 between Ministry of Railways and Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation. The Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha was specially present on the occasion. Chairman, Railway Board, Shri A.K. Mital, Member Engineering, Shri V.K. Gupta and other Board Members, and other senior officials were also present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu said that water is a precious natural resource and Indian Railways is one of the biggest consumers of water for its various activities. Indian Railways is committed to conservation of water. Shri Suresh Prabhu said he has announced in Railway Budget 2015-16 that Water Recycling Plants would be installed at major water consumption centers based on report of water audit. He said that installation of Water Recycling Plants has been sanctioned at 32 stations during current financial year, taking those to 66 Recycling Plants over Indian Railways.  Railways have also taken up setting up of Rain Water Harvesting (RWH) system.  To further Railways efforts in the direction of conservation of water, today’s MoU has been signed between Minister of Railways and Minister of Water Resources regarding use of non-potable water released after treatment from Sewage/Effluent Treatment Plants (STP/ETPs) located in Ganga and Yamuna river zones. This is a very important agreement.

While it is necessary to save water, it is also equally necessary to save money. Such MoUs will be a win win for both ecology and economy. In her speech, Minster of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharati said that it is a good beginning that Indian Railways and her Ministry are partnering for a good cause. She pointed out that her Ministry is working on lot of initiatives for conservation of water and cleaning of river waters and interlinking of rivers. She also said that a comprehensive action plan with a much wider scope have been formulated for these purposes and are being implemented. She said that today’s MoU will pave the way for the use of treated water for more useful purpose.

 

Silent Features of the MoU:-

  • The MOU signed between Ministry of Railways and Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation regarding use of non-potable water released after treatment from Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) / Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) located in Ganga and Yamuna river zones for various non-potable purposes of Railways.
  • Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation intends to lay the network of Sewage/Effluent treatment Plants (STP/ETPs) on both sides of Ganga and Yamuna rivers so as to check pollutants from entering into these rivers.
  • The treated water released from STP/ETPs shall be used for various non-potable purposes. The treated water of laid down standards shall be provided for non-potable use at such establishments including Railway Stations falling in the area where Ganga and Yamuna rivers pass through.
  • Wherever water for non potable uses at such establishments including Railway Stations are required,Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation shall provide the required pipelines, pumping arrangements etc., up to the Railway Stations at its own cost Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation shall bear the initial cost and recurring maintenance cost for such pipelines, pumps etc.
  • Railway shall take such treated non potable water from Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation for the Railway Stations and/or other establishments wherever its requirement exists for non potable use over and above its own sources (including its own recycled water).
  • Railway shall pay for such water used by them at the rate as mutually decided between the two Ministries.
  • The proposed MOU shall go a long way towards Railway’s commitment to water conservation.

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