February 7, 2017
Speakers and participants gather at the “Seminar towards Environmentally Friendly Toilet Waste Water Treatment System” held on February 7, 2017 at the TARA headquarters in New Delhi.
Delhi, February 7, 2017: The "Seminar towards Environmentally Friendly Toilet Waste Water Treatment System", an introduction to the Japanese firm Taisei Kougyou Co., Ltd.'s waste water treatment technology called "Tafgard" and Taisei Soil System (TSS)", was held at the headquarters of Society for Technology and Action for Rural Advancement (TARA) in New Delhi. The seminar highlighted the challenges that India faces as it continues to implement the Swachh Bharat Mission and address the national challenges of wastewater treatment, sanitation, and hygiene. With participants and presenters from both public and private Indian and Japanese organizations, the seminar proved to be a useful platform for the exchange of ideas on these challenges, as well as to showcase the JICA-financed pilot project currently being implemented by Taisei Kougyou.
The seminar was co-hosted and organized by Taisei Kougyou and TARA. In his opening remarks, TARA's CEO, Mr. Shrashtant Patara, stressed the importance not only of scalable technologies like TSS, but also of inter-organizational collaborations and, in particular, the central role of municipal corporations in waste management. After some welcoming remarks from the President of Taisei Kougyou, Mr. Hiroyuki Mihara, presentations were made by numerous speakers, including Dr. Ramakant, Deputy Advisor (Public Health Engineering), Central Public Health and Environmental Engineering Organization, Ministry of Urban Development, Dr. K. Vijayalakshmi, Vice President, Development Alternatives Group, Dr. N.B. Mazumdar, Director General, Sulabh International and various members of the Indian and Japanese project team.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative, JICA India Office emphasized the importance of the availability of proper toilets, JICA's contributions to India in this regard, and the sustainability of TSS. The seminar was followed by a visit to the pilot project site of TSS in the Ghitorni area of New Delhi where participants were able to view the installation firsthand and better grasp the potential applicability of the technology.
Established, by a specific law, as an independent administrative institution under the Government of Japan, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) aims to contribute to the promotion of international cooperation, as a sole Japanese governmental agency in charge of ODA implementation. JICA is the world's biggest bilateral donor agency. JICA works as a bridge between Japan and emerging countries, and provides assistance in forms of loan, grant and technical cooperation so that the emerging countries can strengthen their capabilities.