ERAF Environmental Research Foundation

Our Vision


To provide expert consulting services that help our clients achieve their environmental and sustainability goals while complying with regulations and minimizing their impact on the planet.To provide high-quality, innovative, and sustainable solutions to both Government and private sector clients for boosting efficiency and driving sustainability.

About ERAF

ERAF Environmental Research Foundation (ERAF) is formally registered under Section-8 of the Companies Act 2013. We are a non-profit entity comprising environmental experts and professionals, and are involved in – 

  • Research, consultancy, and policy advocacy on sustainable environment management
  • Developing detailed project reports and action plans based on desk research, stakeholder consultations, thematic workshops, field studies, surveys and data analysis
  • Capacity building, including IEC & Knowledge Management, awareness creation, situational analysis, and identifying gaps and technology options for Solid and Liquid waste management and drinking water supply
  • Monitoring and evaluation of compliance of prescribed environmental and forest regulations


ERAF was established with the aim of delivering robust solutions to both Government and private sector clients for boosting efficiency and driving sustainability. It has the advisory support of several other eminent researchers and practitioners in the field of Environment Management and Municipal Governance and has collaborative partnerships in the form of Memorandums of Understanding with prestigious institutions like the National Environmental Engineering and Research Institute (NEERI), the Mahatma Phule Renewable Energy and Infrastructure Technology Limited (MAHAPREIT) and the All India Institute of Local Self Government (AIILSG) for enabling the achievement of the common goals of sustainable development.

ERAF has a panel of experts with vast research, capacity building and hands-on experience in areas of Drinking Water Supply, Solid Waste Management, Sanitation, Environment Studies, Health Safety and Emergency Preparedness (HSE), Participatory Environment Planning and Management, Infrastructure for Power sector, Information Technology, and supporting procurement processes in Environment projects.

Company Founders

Ajit Kumar Jain, I.A.S. Retd.
Chairman & Managing Director

As former officer of the Indian Administrative Services, he has more than 45 years of policy and implementation level experience. He served as the Principal Secretary, Water Supply and Sanitation, GoM, headed the SWM Cell, GoM from 2002 to 2005 to advise the Government and the ULBs in the implementation of SWM Rules. Post his retirement, he continues to advise various committees of the GoM.

Dr. S.V. Dahasahasra, PhD
Water Supply Expert

An acclaimed water and sanitation expert, he was previously the Member Secretary of the Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran of the Govt. of Maharashtra, Mumbai.
He is also the Past President of the Indian Water Works Association.

Dr. Krishna Lala, PhD
Director R & D

Former Sr. Project Manager of IIT Bombay's, MHRD sponsored, e-Yantra Project. She has also worked at leading institutions such as Harvard Medical School, USA, National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa and NEERI, India. She is a highly accomplished trainer and consultant with versatile experience in the fields of waste water treatment, solid waste management and environment conservation.

Mrs. Poornima Gupta, MSc, MBA
Director Administration

Environmental Consultant with experience in projects like waste management, compliance monitoring for environment and HSE, micro-enterprise development and employment generation environmental projects.

Mr. Arun C. Palnitkar,

A mechanical engineer with more than 35 years of work experience at TATA Power. He has the experience of working on various projects like rehabilitation of hydro turbines at Bhira Hydro Generation Station, erection of Thermal power plant and desalination plants, and installation of cable network connections. His has expertise in underground extra high voltage cable installation projects.

Mr. Ajay saxena,
Mentor & Advisor

PPP expert with almost 30 years of experience in working with Multilateral Banks (ADB), government entities and private sector in different capacities. Currently he is advising the DMED, MTDC, MARKFED, NIUA (MoHUA) and NIIFL among many others.