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IIT-K backs new waterfront infrastructure with i-Ghat

IANS | December 14, 2022 03:43 PM

KANPUR: Acquafront Infrastructure Private Limited (AIPL), a start-up incubated at the Start-up Incubation and Innovation Centre (SIIC) IIT Kanpur, has developed a next-gen concept "i-Ghat" at Kada Ghat in Uttar Pradesh's Kaushambhi.

It is a unique futuristic proposition to refine river ghats in India.

According to an official release, i-Ghat includes integrating reinforced-cement concrete (RCC) based floats with solar cells and electric-powered boats using Steel Integrated Floating Jelly (SIFJ) technology to avoid the impact of using plastic floats and also to reduce the noise and air pollution caused by diesel boats.

The project is supported by NTT DATA, a global digital business and IT services leader present in more than 80 countries.

The i-Ghat facility at Kada Ghat, Kaushambhi was commissioned in September, 2022 and is equipped with a state-of-the-art floating charging station with a battery swap for the battery powered electric-boats that use captured solar energy through the RCC-based floating solar grid.

It is completely self-sufficient, causes zero air and noise pollution and aligns with NTT DATA's aim to support technology innovations for a sustainable world.

Gauri Bahulkar, Director Global CSR & India Client Experience Centres, NTT DATA Services said, "We have always believed in SIIC's quest to harness innovative talent to develop next-gen technology and are happy to associate with IIT Kanpur's incubation centre which shares a long-standing history of ensuring last-mile impact through its deployed technology."

Prof Abhay Karandikar, Director IIT Kanpur said, "The innovation ecosystem at IIT Kanpur is under rapid expansion and I am grateful to NTT DATA for their consistent support to us and the start-ups. I congratulate AIPL for its deployment of SIFJ technology to develop this project, which is a remarkable step towards ensuring livelihood through a sustainable approach."

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