IIT Kanpur signs MOU with District Mineral Foundation Trust for major land and water restoration project
Recently, IIT Kanpur, one of the prestigious and reputable institutions in the country, known as a center of learning in engineering, science and several other subjects, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with District Mineral Foundation Trust, DMFT.
The two have come together to come up with a water and land restoration plan for the Angul district of Odisha which has been impacted by mining. According to the press release issued today June 26, 2022, this is a project that will utilize technology field assistance and expertise and it will use a landscape approach to achieve the plan’s restoration goals.
Angul district which is in Odisha is known for its wide range of minerals like coal, graphite, China clay and various other precious and semi-precious stones. Due to the increase in mining operations in the district, this has affected the biodiversity and the water bodies have become harmful. It even caused some drainage issues, as mentioned in the press release.
The press release mentions that the project led by Professor Rajiv Sinha will use all modern technologies to develop solutions for the restoration plan. This project will also develop a complete platform on the water which will be observed using IoT sensors and the platform will also help collect data.
According to the press release, the water and land restoration plan project will be completed in two years and will cost about 10 crores which will be donated by DMFT Angul under the Circular Economy Initiatives of Angul District and of the United Nations Environment Programme.