With an aim to offer technological solutions to water problems in SAARC countries besides rural pockets of India, the central government is establishing an International Centre for Drinking Water Quality in Kolkata.
Pankaj Jain, secretary in ministry of drinking water and sanitation Thursday said five per cent of water supply in rural areas suffers from contamination like arsenic chloride, salinity or nitrate.
“There are also new emerging contaminants like pesticides, heavy metals such as chromium and uranium. This centre will not only do research but also offer technological solutions,” he said.
Jain said the problems of arsenic are common to Bangladesh, Nepal and neighbouring countries and “these countries can exchange ideas, technology, research and knowledge with us.”
“The society will be registered within 10 days. We have identified the land, which the state government is offering to the government of India. We would take possession by mid-November,”he said.
The centre would offer Diploma and Ph.D programmes on water quality as well, he added.