Ambassador Lenain visits Veolia wastewater treatment plant in Nilothi [fr]
This plant treats 91 million litres of water per day, equivalent to the consumption of 5,00,000 inhabitants. The treated water is then discharged into the Yamuna. It reflects the strength of France & India’s partnership for the environment.
New Delhi, 12 May 2020
H.E. Mr Emmanuel Lenain, Ambassador of France to India, today visited the Veolia wastewater treatment plant in Nilothi, New Delhi, which has been operational since 2016. This plant treats 91 million litres of water per day, equivalent to the consumption of 5,00,000 inhabitants. The treated water is then discharged into the Yamuna.
This is one of the latest plants in the Indian capital. It is the only facility to use a green process that includes the production of biogas and compost. About 50% of the installation’s electricity needs are produced from a biogas reactor. Once stabilised, the sludge is collected in the form of compost to be used as a fertiliser by farmers in the region.
On this occasion, Ambassador Emmanuel Lenain said, "For my first visit after confinement, I wished to tour a facility that symbolises the strength of France and India’s partnership for the environment and the conservation of this planet. This plant demonstrates French expertise and know-how not only in water management, but also in circular economy with biogas refuse generated to operate the site. I am pleased to see the effort French companies have made during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis to avert any layoffs. French companies have contributed to the tune of 5.7 million euros in a CSR initiative, reflecting their involvement in India’s economic and social life.”
Several French companies established in India, such as Veolia, Suez, Ikos-Mailhem, Egis, are are recognised for their expertise in the field of water, both for drinking water supply and wastewater treatment.
France and India have two cooperation agreements in the water sector, namely on water management and water pollution, signed during the State visit of the President of the French Republic to India in 2018.