Bhubaneswar: A Centre for Environment and Global Sustainability (CEGS) has been set up at KIIT to provide clean drinking water for the people at the time of man-induced and natural disasters. Non availability of clean drinking water in the aftermath of disasters like cyclone and flood is a major problem. The Centre will help provide clean drinking water by identification, investigation and research of groundwater through satellite.
In this connection, KIIT University organised an Inception Workshop on “Groundwater for Emergency Situation (GWES): Odisha Pilot Project” from 10th to 12th May 2010. Organisations such as CGWB (Bhubaneswar), Orissa State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA), NGRI, IAEA and other NGOs participated in the workshop. The GWES Odisha Pilot Project was sanctioned at the workshop for the development of groundwater. Besides KIIT, organizations like CGWB, OSDMA, NGRI, IAEA, etc will work together in this project, said Director of CEGS, Dr. Mrutyunjay Suar.
The workshop was attended by experts like Mr. A. Parsuramen, Director, UNESCO, Office of New Delhi, Dr. B. M. Jha, Chairman, Central Groundwater Board (CGWB), Ministry of Water Resources, Govt. of India, Prof. (Dr.) A. S. Kolaskar, VC, KIIT , Mr. Jyotiraj Patra, Coordinator, KIIT-CEGS and other important dignitaries. Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT Group of Institutions said that the CEGS centre at KIIT will go a long way in providing clean water to disaster affected people through research and investigation of groundwater.