Bangladesh and Japan have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to conduct joint researches on sustainable construction and mitigation of arsenic from drinking water in the country.
Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR) and Japan-based JDC Corporation inked the deal at IFST seminar hall of BCSIR in Dhaka on Wednesday.
BCSIR Secretary Md Khalilur Rahman and JDC Corporation President Takeo Asakura signed the MoU on behalf of their respective sides in presence of BCSIR Chairman Md Faruque Ahmed.
The researches would be conducted to use the “Twister” and “JaPani” technologies, both invented by JDC, for sustainable construction and mitigation of arsenic from drinking water, respectively.
After the signing ceremony on Wednesday, a seminar on the technologies and their effectivenesss was also held, which was presided over by Faruque and addressed by chief guest Asakura and others.
JaPani is a functional substance that adsorbs harmful ions (anions) from waste water and groundwater to make it pure, said BCSIR’s Senior Scientific Officer Dr Md Nazrul Islam Bhuiyan.
Under the MoU, Faruque said, one mini pilot plant would be set up at an arsenic affected area in or near Dhaka to test the effectiveness of the JaPani technology in mitigating arsenic from drinking water and another similar plant would be installed on Twister technology at a suitable place.
If the results are cost effective and eco-friendly, then they would be expanded across the country, he added.
JDC officials said Twister method was certified by the Japanese government and it was useful to produce the materiel for river and road embankments and reclamation of harbours and airport runways.
Earlier, a four-member delegation headed by Faruque Ahmed went to Japan on August 24, 2017 to observe the Twister technology which helps to build roads, dams and runways quickly and at low cost.