Water pollution is a major problem and to deal with it students of IIT-Roorkee is all to raise INR 50 lakh through crowdfunding. This money will be used for building bio-toilets on the Ghats of river Ganga and to design drones which will monitor the cleanliness of the river as their contribution in the 'clean Ganga Campaign.' The campaign is named as 'Aviral Ganga' and aims at protecting the sacred river which is being polluted at an alarming rate despite all the efforts of the Center.
This announcement was made at the inaugural day of IIT-Roorkee's annual fest "Cognizance". The project will be guided by the UNESCO, the UNEP, the center for Environment and the South Asian Youth Environment Network.
"A team of 70 students from IIT Roorkee, guided by the faculty members, will be holding a series of event throughout the year to raise funds to the tune of Rs 50 lakh for the cause. It will then be handed over to the partnering NGO Shuddhi which will take up the further task of building bio-toilets," said Anant Pratap Singh, Convenor for the campaign.
"During the festival a drone making competition will also be organized to make drones capable of monitoring pollution level of rivers and other water bodies," he said, adding that the faculty members are likely to raise around INR 10 lakh for the campaign.
IIT-Roorkee Director A K Chaturvedi said "the students have taken up the initiative besides their contributions to policy making and development of workable models that cater with problem areas."