WD News: The 7th edition of India Water Week is focused on the theme – “Water Security for Sustainable Development with Equity”. The event is seeing a huge participation from manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, importers, trading companies, wholesalers, retailers, business representatives, consumers, and bulk purchasers of both governmental and private business in water sector.
Shri Prahlad Singh Patel – Honourable Minister of State, Ministry of Jal Shakti visited the event today. He met the national and international exhibitors in the designated exhibition area and saw the presentations made by states and shared his invaluable thoughts. He chaired two thought-provoking sessions on National Hydrology Project, and Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana (PMKSY) & Command Area Development & Water Management (CADWM). He said that PMKSY is the largest and most significant scheme to ensure proper usage of water resources.
With the aim of discussing future plans and schemes charted out to build a smart and water-efficient India, day-four of IWW 2022 saw a number of multi-stakeholder discussions, hybrid seminars and panel discussions of water & wastewater experts on different subjects.
Conference of day-four began with a sessions moderated by World Bank on ‘Technology and Innovation in Water Management’. The session chair was Ms Sumila Gulyani, Practice Manager, Global Water Practice, World Bank, and co-chair was Ms Eileen Burke, Lead Water Resources Specialist, World Bank.
India-EU Water Partnership organised a session to contribute on the shared vision by India and the EU for a Sustainable Management of Water Resources and Tackling the Challenges Posed by Water Management.
Smt. Debashree Mukherjee, Special Secretary, DoWR, MoJS, chaired a highly interactive event (Group Discussion on River Basin Planning) organised by World Bank along with co-chair Shri Joop Stoutjesdijk, Lead Water Resources Specialist, World Bank. The session covered the discussion on Nile Basin Initiative, Mekong River Commission, etc.
The seminar on ‘Managing Water Related Disasters was focused on floods and drought. The session was chaired by Prof. R Nagarajan, CSRE, IIT-Bombay and co-chaired by Shri MK Srinivas, Chairman, GFCC.
The session on the implementation of PMKSY and AIBP scheme was administered by the Ministries. Session chair was Dr. MK Sinha, Chairman, GRMB, and co-chair was Shri Avinash Mishra, Adv, Niti Aayog, and Dr. BRK Pillai, Member, MRMB.
A resourceful session on ‘Establishing a Collaborative Water Governance Regime’ was moderated by GIZ. Session chair was Dr Alok Rawat, Former Secretary, WR,RD&GR, and co-chair was Dr Syamal Kumar Sarkar, Senior Director, WR, TERI.
The ‘Challenges in Urban Water Planning and Management’ were discussed in another engaging session, chaired by Shri Moh Tiing Liang, Singapore. Other sessions included ‘Converging towards National Perspective’ by IBWT, ‘Agricultural Sustainability Under Unforseen Circumstances’, ‘Role of Hydropower for Energy Security’, and ‘Water for Environment and Livelihood’. An event on Dam Safety Management and DRIP was organised by the ministry.
The five day mega event is being held under the patronage and guidance of Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat – Honourable Minister, Ministry of Jal Shakti; Shri Bishweswar Tudu – Honourable Minister of State, Ministry of Jal Shakti; and Shri Prahlad Singh Patel – Honourable Minister of State, Ministry of Jal Shakti.