A 13-member delegation from Leh-Ladakh and Kargil visited the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar -IITGn on Wednesday in Gujarat. The visit was aimed to understand wastewater management at the Institute, learn about the process and examine various eco-friendly and sustainable technologies which can be adopted for the extreme cold climate of their region. The delegation included officers and Councillors of the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council – LAHDC, elected representatives of Leh and Kargil towns, Chairperson of the Block Development Council, Executive Officers and Ward Members of Leh and Kargil Municipal Committees, officials of their Public Health Engineering Department and urban planner of Ladakh Ecological Development Group.
The delegation was hosted by Professor Sudhir Kumar Arora, Professor of Practice in Civil Engineering discipline at IITGn along with other faculty members from the Institute. The delegates discussed the issues of infrastructure development at high altitudes, specifically water supply and sanitation. Prof. Arora gave a presentation on Management of Domestic Wastewater in Diverse Climatic Conditions- Search for Sustainable Solutions that highlighted various technical processes. He also explained the sustainable technology used in the sewage treatment plant at IITGn. The group also visited the Water Treatment Plant and Sewage Treatment Plant at the Institute and appreciated the innovative sewage treatment system called a Decentralised Wastewater Treatment System -DEWATS.