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National Mission on Himalayan Studies

Implemented by the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEF&CC)
Nodal and Serving hub with G.B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment & Sustainable Development

Project Title:

Drinking water security for rural areas in Uttarkhand Himalayas by Riverbank filtration, robust


disinfection system and community participation

1. Project Details
Sanction Date: 31-03-2016
Project Category SG
Year 2015-2016
Project Duration 3 Years
BTA : Water Resource Management
Project Site/ State/ Districts/ Villages Covered:

Uttarakhand: five hill villages or rural communities in Rudraprayag, Almora and Champawat districts

Organization/ Implementation Agency: Jal Bhawan, Cooperation Centre for Riverbank Filtration (CCRBF), Dehradun, UK
Project Partners: S.No. Name Roles & Responsibilities
Uttarakhand Jal Sansthan

• Technical and logistical support, construction of koop wells..

IIT Roorkee (IIT-R)

• Support for geological data acquisition and analyses; • Support for water quality analyses and post-treatment (in-line electrolysis)

University of Applied Sciences, HTW, Dresden, Germany • Within the framework of its own and already started NIRWINDU project in Uttarakhand, support will be provided for geo-hydraulic and water quality data acquisition and analysis, conducting training courses, reporting and dissemination
Lead Proponent:

Er. R.K. Rohela

Cooperation Centre for Riverbank Filration (CCRBF), Dehradun.

Project Brief Description: Drinking water availability in some parts of Uttarakhand is less than 12 Litres per Capita per Day (LPCD). The primary cause of lower per capita availability is rapidly increasing water demand as a result of the growing population & increasing pollution in the water bodies, irregular and insufficient rainfall, and substantial decreases in surface flow of spring-fed rivers and streams and seasonal variation in water availability. To overcome this issue, a suitable technology (River Bank Filtration (RBF)) system is required for these hilly (Himalayan) areas to utilize the water resource to meet the growing drinking and agricultural water demand. It provides an ecosystem service as high quality naturally pre-treated drinking water through removal of pathogens and turbidity. Only disinfection process is required as treatment after the RBF. In this project, five RBF sites will be selected in mountain area of Uttarakhand to meet the drinking water demand of the small village in a sustainable manner. This project will help in many ways viz., strengthening of institutions in the region (project stakeholders: CCRBF, UJS, 5 rural communities (~ population of 3,600) /gram panchayats), employment opportunities for villagers, promotion of green technologies (Koop wells).
Beneficiaries/ Stakeholders:

• Local 5 rural communities of Pathali and Jaggibhawan (Ukhimath, Rudraprayag), Kaligaon and Syalde bazar (Salt, Bhikiyasen, Almora) and Need tally (Champawat) with a total population of 3,600 persons

• Decision-makers in state agencies like Jal Nigam and Jal Sansthan.

• Researchers, engineers and scientists working on water management.

Activity Chart (For 3 years) Click Here

2. Financial Details
Total Grants (in Rs.) Rs.49,90,200/-( Rupees Forty Nine lakh ninety thousand two hundred only)
1st Installment (in Rs.) : Rs.24,12,000/- (Rupees- Twenty four lakh twelve thousand only)
1st Installment (in Rs.) : Rs.12,08,603 /- (Rupees- Twelve lakh eight thousand six hundrded three only)
Expenditure (in Rs.) : 0.23 Cr

3. Project Objectives, Deliverables and Monitoring Indicators
Project Objectives Quantifiable Deliverables Monitoring Indicators
The natural RBF Technology implementation in the region. Demonstrative coupling of the natural RBF Technology with engineered post-treatment for rural conditions, preparation of manual and information material in Hindi & English. Assessment Reports on Water Quality for different sites (Nos.)
Permanent infrastructure establishment for drinking water supply by Koop wells to the rural communities. Provision of permanent infrastructure for drinking water supply by Koop wells to 5 rural communities (total population 3,600) in hills. Functional Koop well model of the natural RBF Technology (Nos.).
Conducting training courses and workshops to build, operate and maintain such schemes. Conducting training courses and workshops to build, operate and maintain such schemes. Manual Preparation (No.) and other Information Material (Nos.) in Hindi & English.
Promotion of green technologies. Data base on RBF technology and water quality. Training Courses/ Workshops towards maintaining and upgrading the schemes (Nos.).
Training and upgrading technical skills of women researchers as well as village women.
Conducting Information, Education and Communication (IEC) campaigns to sensitize rural communities on correct sanitation practices. Long-term Database Generation of these Koop wells (Nos.).
Capacity building of native persons from Uttarakhand hills. No. of Beneficiaries trained /jobs created (Nos.).






S.No. Name Qualification Designation Salary
1. Mr. Himanshu Bhatt Post Graduation with professional qualification + work experience in project related field JRF 25,000/-
2. Mr. Pradeep Verma Intermediate with Science Field Assistant 10,000/-
S.No. Name of Equipment Use of Equipment Cost (in INR)
1. Uttaranchal Koop Creating water supply infrastructure for rural areas 7,49,115/-

Multi Parameter Water Quality Testing Kit

Digital Testing of Water Quality 3,32,885/-
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