Experts pitch for solutions to challenges in India’s water sector

  • | Tuesday | 28th November, 2023

Kanpur: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari at a recent event emphasized the importance of ecological initiatives, citing the availability of good experiments and technology. He outlined two significant philosophies for the future – conversion of knowledge into wealth and the conversion of waste into wealth.Gadkari was speaking at the three-day 8th India Water Impact Summit hosted under the joint aegis of National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) and Centre for Ganga River Basin Management and Studies (cGanga), IIT Kanpur, at Dr Ambedkar International Centre in New Delhi.The summit brought together scientific experts, stakeholders and government representatives to address the challenges and opportunities in the countrys water sector.In the inaugural address, Gadkari also highlighted collaborative projects in Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh, focusing on utilizing crop residues to reduce pollution in Delhi. He provided examples, including the potential development of the Zuari river in Goa, emphasizing the boost to tourism and revenue generation.Speaking on the occasion, Debashree Mukherjee, Secretary, DoWR, RD & GR Ministry of Jal Shakti, urged the youth at the 8th IWIS to address Indias dual challenges of floods in the north and water scarcity in the south. She emphasized the importance of developing modern methods for water collection and monitoring.The second day of the summit that concluded on November 24 saw a significant agreement between India and Slovenia on space science technology and satellite usage for river basin management. The agreement focuses on cooperation in space science technology and satellite usage for river basin management. The second days thematic sessions covered agricultural waste management, lifestyle and economics, and the use of digital tools for effective river monitoring.Officiating Director, IIT Kanpur, Professor S Ganesh while expressing his enthusiasm about the summits success said, cGanga at IIT Kanpur has been undertaking rigorous initiatives to ensure responsible water management and conservation under the objectives of river science and river basin management. Our efforts demonstrate our commitment to environmental protection. The MoU signed with Slovenia is a significant step, and the summits success is a reflection of the collective efforts toward advancing water management and environmental conservation.Founding head of cGanga, Vinod Tare said, The 8th India Water Impact Summit has not only nurtured significant partnerships but has also set the stage for innovative solutions. The MoU signed with Slovenia, focusing on space science technology and satellite utilization for river basin management, stands as a testament to our commitment. The 8th IWIS, under the aegis of NMCG & cGanga, shared the responsibility in addressing water-related challenges and solutions.

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