20 May 2020

Rejuvenating Rivers in India – A Massive Opportunity for Nordic Innovations


A Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) report of 2015 reported that 61,948 million litres of urban sewage is generated on a daily basis in India. To treat this waste, major cities only have an installed sewage treatment capacity of only 38 per cent. Realistically more than this amount goes untreated into the rivers or water bodies as the treatment capacity of major sewage treatment plants (STPs) in India is around 66 per cent of the installed capacity as per CPCB. Due to this, more than 38,000 million litres of waste water goes into the major rivers, water bodies and even percolates into the ground every day. There is a very high pollution from industrial effluent too.


Government of India has allocated huge budget for cleaning rivers under the Centre’s National River Conservation Plan (NRCP), Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), Smart Cities Mission programmes of the Ministry of Urban Development and the “Namami Gange” under Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation (MOWR). All necessary measures are being taken to promote usage of advanced technologies and the best practices.


Recent advancement, research and focus on ocean sustainability and marine ecosystem has produced excellent results for Nordics working in these areas. Healthy oceans and marine ecosystems are necessity or a sustainable blue economy, aligning with Nordic vision and SDG-14 for “Life Below Water”. Considering the scale of opportunities and pro-activeness of Indian government, there is a great opportunities for Nordic companies with relevant technologies to enter into Indian market.


Nordic Hub India would be more than happy to help you explore this opportunity, connecting you to the right stakeholders. Please get in touch with us at explore@nordichub.in for more details.