Pavitra Ganga

An EU-India project unlocking wastewater treatment,water re-use and resource recovery opportunities for urban and peri-urban areas in India.

The Pavitra Ganga project ended at the end of January 2024 after five intense years of research and collaboration.


Our results and conclusions are grouped and presented below in six themes in line with our work packages.


Co-creation, policy support and safety planning

Monitoring and Modelling

Quality/quantity monitoring and modelling for Kanpur & New Delhi

Treatment and recovery technologies

Innovative wastewater treatment and resource recovery technologies


Validation of technologies at the pilot sites

Education and training

Capacity building for water professionals and stakeholders

Market uptake and business development

Market opportunities for sustainable wastewater treatment in India


Pavitra Ganga concludes with lively Final Conference in New Delhi


Stakeholder consultation workshop in Kanpur: an animated discussion about waste water management complexities and responsibilities

Pavitra Ganga Project launched in the presence of Secretary U.P. Singh



First stakeholder consultation workshop organized in New Delhi

Pavitra Ganga EU Partner Delegation visits New Delhi and Kanpur

First Consortium Meeting organised in Mol (Belgium) and New Delhi (India)

Kick-Off event for EU-India Water Projects takes place in New Delhi

Demonstration Site New Delhi

The Barrapullah drain

The 1.25 million Liters of wastewater that passes daily through the Barapullah drain systems make it an ideal demonstration site for the technologies that Pavitra Ganga will test.


Demonstration Site Kanpur

The Jajmau Sewage Treatment Plant

The three different treatment plants at Jajmau (Kanpur) are underperforming and cause different kinds of environmental pollution. This demonstration site offers thus the opportunity to test decentralised treatment solutions for secondary and advanced treatment in specific real-life conditions and to detect and remediate problems as a result of upscaling.

Jajmau STP

Pavitra Ganga and the EU-India Water Projects