I have reached a point in my independent project which I always knew was a possibility, but which I was not necessarily expecting. Many business ideas are scrapped, many projects abruptly change course, many projects must be brought back to the drawing board. After a conversation with my mentor it is dawning on me that this is such a project. As I mentioned in my other blog post the Indian government has been involved with Bio-gas since the 70s, which complicates things. Also, many companies have sprung up which attempt to offer a better system of distributing or utilizing Bio-gas as an alternative energy source, such as the also previously addressed ARTI, IBA, Cummins. My company would be behind the game, out of its league with such companies already plunging ahead. More importantly I engaged in this project in an attempt to create a system that will help to improve the lives others, to contribute. As a lot of energy is already being focused by people more experienced and qualified as I in the area of Bio-gas, it will be hard pressed to create meaningful value specifically with the Bio-gas solution. But as they say, if at first I fail, try, try again; so I examining the possibility of spearheading my operation in a new direction: Clean the Ganges.
The Ganges is the largest river in India, and the most holy. It is used in countless religious and cultural traditions throughout India. People wash in the Ganges, even drink the water. The river is host to massive eco-system, sending billions of gallons of water rushing across the Indian sub-continent daily. As the original focus of my project sprung from a wish to improve the sanitation in India, this seems like an equally influential question to tackle: How can we clean the Ganges, India’s holiest river? With animal carcasses, untreated sewage, trash, and even human bodies and illegitimate babies being dumped into the largest river in India each year, and levels of bacteria almost 3000 times over what is considered safe, this is a serious problem to be addressed. The project continues – with a new and challenging frontier.
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