A consortium of Dutch companies, including Nijhuis Industries - Cleaning the Indian Ganges and Hindon River

“We need to value water worldwide, not only as an economic asset, but also for its social, cultural, environmental, and of course, its religious value. All of which are very relevant when working on the holy Ganga river”, said Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte at the opening of the Indo-Dutch Ganga Forum in Delhi, India in May 2018. He praised the Namami Ganga initiative by an integrated ‘waste to value’ plant, which aims to clean the 2500 km-long Ganges river. The programme to prevent future pollution and to restore the river quality has a budget of 3.1 billion US dollars. In 2014, the Indian government launched an integrated Ganga conservation mission called ‘Namami Gange’, to prevent pollution of the Ganges River and to revive the river.

The pollution of the Indian rivers, and in particular the holy Ganges and the surrounding region, is a serious problem. In 2015 and 2017, Prime Minister Rutte and Prime Minister Modi made agreements to work together to find solutions to clean the river.

The ‘Waste to Wealth’ program was initiated and developed by GC International, in close collaboration with Nijhuis Industries and several other partners. The implementation

is supported by Netherlands International Works.

The consortium will firstly develop a successful solution for the Hindon River, which flows between the Ganges and Yamuna rivers.

The idea behind the concept is to use all kinds of market mechanisms, to be able to treat and clean as much of waste and water as possible. Landfill, municipal solid waste, industry waste and sludge will all be collectively treated by a ‘waste to value’ plant. Resources will be recovered from the waste, and the sale of these resources will contribute to the investment payback period. During the Indo-Dutch Ganga Forum at the end of May, Therus Gieling (owner of GC International) and Menno Holterman (CEO of Nijhuis Industries), presented the concept to solve the biggest challenges.

With the help of the Dutch government, the 2030 Water Resources Group, and the National Hindon Initiative, the Indo-Dutch Ganga Forum event led to the signing of an extensive partnership declaration between the Dutch government and the government of Uttar Pradesh. In the coming months, feasibility studies will be conducted with local stakeholders, Nijhuis Industries, GC International, to develop an economical, sustainable and feasible ‘Waste to Wealth’ business case.

Client benefits / Nijhuis impact

  • Clean as much of waste and water as possible to
  • recover resources
  • Strong bond of project partners with knowledge and
  • expertise to develop a ‘Waste to Wealth’ solution
  • A clean river to prevent future pollution and restore
  • the river quality