As the Indian economy has expanded, so have the expectations of the Indian people for access to cleaner water and more reliable power. Phil Smith, Senior Principal and California Environmental Services Manager, covered several thousand kilometers on the road and in the air from February 12-25, learning how both the public and private sectors in India are planning on addressing local environmental issues, and how the Treadwell & Rollo | Langan team can help provide engineering services to solve their problems. Langan is currently providing geotechnical engineering in Mumbai, and water resources and geotechnical engineering for the new U.S. embassy in Delhi.
Traveling through the states of Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Haryana, Mr. Smith participated in discussions in Delhi, Bhopal, Gidderbaha, and Pali, meeting the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, the Assistant Chief Minister of Punjab, and numerous state and district officials. In Pali and Delhi he met with representatives of both the dyeing industry and the private developers constructing high-rise commercial and residential campuses. Each visit concentrated on the need to expand basic water/waste water/electric generation facilities and to improve current facilities that had not kept pace with demand.
Working with our partners in India, we have prepared proposals to take over the operations and maintenance of a waste water treatment system in Rajasthan and are working on proposals involving groundwater recharge and water distribution in Delhi, and waste water and industrial water supply expansion in Madhya Pradesh. Biomass-fueled powered plants in Madhya Pradesh and Delhi are also being evaluated. For more information, please contact Phil Smith.