As part of the Swachhta Pakhwada held from November 1 to 15, 2018, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) had organised a Swachch Bharat Grand Challenge.
This was organised to reward innovative solutions by DIPP recognised startups in the country. Four areas of sanitation, waste management, water and wastewater management, and air management were selected for the grand challenge.
One hundred sixty-five applications were received from 70 districts in 22 states. Unique solutions were received from startups which had also filed for intellectual property rights.
The first prize money for the Swachch Bharat Grand Challenge was Rs 2 lakh and second prize, Rs 1 lakh along with a certificate of appreciation. The awards were given away by Secretary DIPP Ramesh Abhishek in New Delhi today.
The winners in the different categories are:
Sector - Air
First prize went to Maclec Technical Project Laboratory pvt. Ltd based in Delhi. MV-1 (Product) absorb pollutants emitted from vehicular traffic, collects and stores PM, dust particles and compress air for electric production.
Second prize went to Small Spark Concepts Technologies Private Limited. SCHÖRL™ is a patent-pending air filter technology which improves the combustion of the fuel supplied to the engine to increase the heat propagation. It is based in Pune.
Sector - Sanitation
First prize went to Altersoft Innovations India Private Limited based in Cochin. Intelligent Public Toilets (IP Toilet) with self-cleaning facility, floor hygiene concept, and IoT enabled control board for monitoring the usage.
Second prize went to Naturesani Private Limited in Telengana. Manufactures odourless, waterless, and chemical-free urinal systems that provide a unique air-lock system which does not allow urine to get in contact with air or oxygen.
Sector – Waste
First prize went to Sanshodhan, an e-Waste Exchange Private Limited based in Telangana. E-Waste Exchange enables people to dispose off their electronic waste while complying to the government regulations.
Second prize went to Flycatcher Technologies LLP in Mumbai. It creates storage units to process waste material that generates biogas to be used in household kitchens.
Sector – Water
First prize went to REVY Environmental Solutions Pvt Ltd in Gujarat. It has created an anaerobic granulated sludge of more than 650 number of various bacteria that is used to treat wastewater that can directly be used for irrigation purposes.
Second prize went to EF Polymer Private Limited in Rajasthan. It created a mixture used to absorb and retain water using biodegradable waste. The mixture absorbs and prevents the water to drain in agriculture fields.
During the Swachhta Pakhwada observed by DIPP in November this year various activities were also undertaken like cleaning of corridors, office premises, quadrangles, and parking areas of Udyog Bhawan, moping of glass partitions and cleaning of sections/records/library.
Along with the Horticulture Department of CPWD the cutting of hedges, pruning of tree branches, mowing the lawn, display and colouring of plant pots, removal of weeds and repairs and replacement of broken pots was undertaken.
Further, in order to encourage proper upkeep and maintenance of records, Swachhata awards were given to the best-maintained sections of DIPP. A committee checked every room during the Swachhta Pakhwada.