Aurangabad: Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) organized the 4th edition of its Water Management & Technology Conference on 30th October at Taj Residency in Aurangabad. Ms Malini Shankar, Principal Secretary – Water Supply & Sanitation, Government of Maharashtra was the Chief Guest.
In her Inaugural Address, Ms Shankar stressed on the need for revolutionary ideas and lateral thinking in terms of water management. She emphasized on the importance of private sector participation for effective water management in the States. She pointed out that every One Rupee spent on Quality Water & Sanitation is equal to Rupees Nine saved on Health. She also outlined the “Sujal Nirmal Abhiyan” of the State Government which focuses on total access to potable water and sanitation for all.
Ms Shankar invited CII and the Industry to partner with the government in identifying cost effective and practical technologies for water treatment, re-cycle and re-use which can be made applicable in the rural areas. She said that the water sector offers tremendous potential business opportunities for the Industry and can help in creating more and more entrepreneurs. On the demand side, she added that Cities need to ensure proper Energy & Water Audits, Total Metering as well as timely detection of leakages. Referring to the Ground Water Act of 1993, she said that amendments in this Act are now due, which aim to focus on every user re-charging the ground water before using it.
She said the Biotech Resource Centre, which is being set up by CII in partnership with the State Government, can examine possibilities of biological solutions for effective waste water treatment. She further added that the State Government is proposing to empower the people in the rural areas to conduct checks on the ground water levels by themselves and provide them with the requisite meters. But it is up to the Industry to ensure that the cost of these meters is brought down in order to make it affordable for the villagers and therein, lies one of the business opportunities for the Industry. She also invited CII to identify or evolve a manual for guiding procedures for technologies and also to evaluate technologies for the government. She also invited CII’s expertise in Skill building for water and sanitation. She said that the State Government’s Training Centre in Nashik is ideally suitable for these exercises where new entrepreneurs can be trained. She also invited CII to certify and train the State Government’s engineers in up-gradation of their skills as Water Auditors.
Dr Madhav Chitale, Former Secretary, Water Resources, Government of India and Former Chairman Central Water Commission and an eminent Water Expert also addressed the Inaugural Session of this Conference. He said that the industry needs to partner in the management of the world by not only producing goods and services but by also developing sustainable strategies. He cited some examples of the Patalganga Water Partnership which has proven to be successful due to the effective participation and interaction between all the concerned stakeholders.
Earlier Mr Mukund Bhogale, Chairman, CII Marathwada Zonal Council and Managing Director, Nirlep Appliances Ltd delivered the Welcome Address at the Conference.
The objective of this Conference was to facilitate a suitable platform for industries and concerned stakeholders to disseminate and network on issues pertaining to Urban Water Management – Challenges & Solutions, Emerging Trends in Industrial Water Management as well as Sharing of some Best Practices. This would enable industries to significantly lower the water costs incurred as well as provide them with an ideal competitive advantage.
The Conference had the benefit of expertise from organizations such as Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority; Comprehensive Water Management Solutions Pvt Ltd, Pune; CII – Godrej Green Business Centre, Hyderabad; KOCH Membrane Systems India, Mumbai; Endress + Hauser Flowtec (I) P Ltd, Aurangabad; Aquatech Systems (Asia) Pvt Ltd, Pune; EcoAxis Systems Pvt Ltd Praj Industries Ltd, Pune and many more.
The Conference was well attended by over 75 delegates from Aurangabad, Mumbai, Pune and Nashik.