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Chicago varsity to help Karnataka clean Bengaluru's environment

IANS  |  Bengaluru 

in the US midwest has tied up with the Urban Development Department to clean up state capital Bengaluru's environment, a said on Wednesday.

"We have launched the Bengaluru Innovation Challenge to improve the city's air and water quality by sourcing inventive ideas from citizens, civic leaders, academics, corporations and other institutions across the country," told reporters here.

The winners of the challenge would be given up to Rs 1.5 crore over two years to test and implement their ideas, with the support of the and the varsity faculty.

"If successful, these ideas could become the policies that the government can implement, providing a model for other cities to emulate," George said.

With a population of about 10 million and growing, Bengaluru is grappling with increasing air and lake water pollution.

The challenge is a programme of the at the University of Chicago, and the Urban Development Department.

The at the (EPIC) team and Energy and Lab are also working together for the project.

"The answers to the problems that modern cities face today are often found hidden by those with unique on-the-ground knowledge," said on the occasion.

The organisers would screen the applications over the next six months and then announce the winners of the challenge.

This project is being held on the lines of the Innovation Challenge in 2015 through an agreement between the government and to improve Delhi's air.

Some of the winning ideas from the Innovation Challenge include a device that captures particulate pollution from diesel engines to turn it into ink and paints, a device that turns rice straw into bio-char to increase soil nutrition and prevent air pollution in Delhi from straw-burning.



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First Published: Wed, February 07 2018. 21:30 IST