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“Swachh Jal Swachh Bharat Conclave: A conversation on Water Conservation: Talking about Blue” 

Water Digest organised a one-day Conclave 2022 “Swachh Jal Swachh Bharat Conclave: A conversation on Water Conservation: Talking Blue” on July 27, 2022 at Hotel Shangri-La, New Delhi.

L to R- Mr. Umesh Kumar Sharma, Director, Water Digest, Ms. Anupama Madhok Sud, Director and Editor, Water Digest, Ms. Anu Garg, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Water Resources, Government of Odisha, Shri Rajiv Ranjan Mishra (IAS) Former DG, National Mission for Clean Ganga, Mr. A.B. Pandya, Secretary General ICID, Editor-in-Chief Water Digest and Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Jal Shakti.

It was supported by the Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Ministry of Jal Shakti, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India and AMRUT. The key partners for the conclave were National Mission for Clean Ganga, Ministry of Jal Shakti, Odisha Lift Irrigation Corporation Limited, Government of Odisha and WAPCOS Limited and the product displayed by SWAN Environmental Pvt. Ltd. and Pure N Safe Pvt. Ltd.

L to R- Mr. Umesh Kumar Sharma, Director, Water Digest, Ms. Anupama Madhok Sud, Director and Editor, Water Digest, Ms. Anu Garg, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Water Resources, Government of Odisha, Shri Rajiv Ranjan Mishra (IAS) Former Director General, National Mission for Clean Ganga, Mr. A.B. Pandya, Secretary General ICID, Editor-in-Chief Water Digest and Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Jal Shakti.

The conclave received an overwhelming response from professionals and leaders connected with the water sector from all across India.

Like all Water Digest events, the focus was on sharing ideas, best practices and coming up with substantial opinions and critical assessment of the condition of water today. The event took forward a concrete debate on changing mindsets and most importantly, implementing the outcomes of discussions and debates.

Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Jal Shakti

Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Jal Shakti was the Chief Guest for the conclave. He set the tone for the inaugural session with his remarkable inaugural address. Among the key dignitaries present were Ms. Anu Garg, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Water Resources, Government of Odisha, Shri Rajiv Ranjan Mishra (IAS) Former Director General, National Mission for Clean Ganga, Mr. A.B. Pandya, Secretary-General ICID, Editor-in-Chief Water Digest, Ms. Anupama Madhok Sud, Director and Editor, Water Digest and Mr. Umesh Kumar Sharma, Director, Water Digest.

The welcome address was given by Ms. Anupama Madhok Sud, Director and Editor, Water Digest. She greeted the esteemed dignitaries and audience. She also briefed about the objective of the conclave and the need for creating such a platform to discuss the critical issues in the water sector. This was followed by the opening address given by Shri A.B. Pandya, Editor-in-Chief, Water Digest and Secretary- General-ICID and special address by Ms. Anu Garg, IAS Additional Chief Secretary, Water Resources, Government of Odisha, keynote address to set the overall conclave given by Shri Rajiv Ranjan Mishra (IAS) Former Director General, National Mission for Clean Ganga.

The daylong conclave sessions revolved around the three themes across various topics Nirmal Jal- Wastewater Management in India, Anupam Jal– Safe Drinking Water- Water for all and Amrit Jal- Role of Groundwater in Watershed Management.

After the grand inaugural session the morning session began with the theme being Nirmal Jal-Wastewater Management in India. This session saw active participation of Government and industry representatives.

Shri G. Asok Kumar (IAS), Director General, National Mission for Clean Ganga shared his keynote address by a video message.

L to R- Ms. Anupama Madhok Sud, Director and Editor, Water Digest, Mr. Ch. Vijay Kumar, Managing Director, SWAN Environmental Private Limited, Mrs. Parul Goel, Sr. Process Expert, NJS Engineers India Pvt Ltd., Shri A.K Gupta, Additional Director at Regional Centre for Urban and Environmental Studies , Dr. Pravin Kumar, Director (T-III), National Mission for Clean Ganga and Mr. Umesh Kumar Sharma, Director, Water Digest

The session was chaired by Shri A.B. Pandya, Editor-in-Chief, Water Digest and Secretary General-ICID. He spoke about the overall scenario of Wastewater Management followed by presentations and discussions by the eminent speakers, Dr. Pravin Kumar, Director (T-III), National Mission for Clean Ganga, Shri A.K Gupta, Additional Director at Regional Centre for Urban and Environmental Studies (RCUES), Mrs. Parul Goel, Sr. Process Expert, NJS Engineers India Pvt. Ltd. And Mr. Ch. Vijay Kumar, Managing Director, SWAN Environmental Private Limited.

Ms. Debashree Mukherjee, IAS, Additional Secretary, Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation and Mission Director, National Water Mission

The second session was on Anupam Jal- Safe Drinking Water: Water for all. The special address was delivered by Ms. Debashree Mukherjee, IAS, Additional Secretary, Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation and Mission Director, National Water Mission, Ministry of Jal Shakti and by Shri Vikas Sheel, Additional Secretary & Mission Director, Jal Jeevan Mission, Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation.

L to R- Mr. Umesh Kumar Sharma, Director, Water Digest, Mr. R.V. Singh, Senior Vice President, JWIL Infra Limited, Mr. Anil Bharti, Additional Chief Engineer, Delhi Jal Board, Ms. Anupama Madhok Sud, Director & Editor, Water Digest, Shri Vikas Sheel, Additional Secretary & Mission Director, Jal Jeevan Mission, Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation and Mr. Manish Wasuja, WASH Specialist, UNICEF Delhi.

This was followed by presentations and discussions by the eminent speakers including Mr. Manish Wasuja, WASH Specialist, UNICEF Delhi, Mr. R.V. Singh, Senior Vice President, JWIL Infra Limited and Mr. Anil Bharti, Additional Chief Engineer, Delhi Jal Board. The session was moderated by Ms. Anupama Madhok Sud, Director & Editor, Water Digest.

L to R- Ms. Anupama Madhok Sud, Director & Editor, Water Digest, Dr. Chandra Sekhar Padhi (Engineer-in-Chief), Department of Water Resources, Govt. of Odisha, Mr. Pratul Saxena, Project Director, Atal Jeevan Mission, Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Shri Shashi Shekhar, Former Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India, Shri Avinash Mishra, Adviser, NITI Aayog, Government of India, Dr. Satya Priya, Senior Water Resources Management Specialist, World Bank and Dr. Dipankar Saha, Former Member, Central Ground Water Board.

Post lunch, the third session was on Amrit Jal– Role of Groundwater in Watershed Management was initiated. This session was chaired by Shri Shashi Shekhar, Former Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India, followed by the presentations by eminent speakers Shri Avinash Mishra, Adviser, NITI Aayog, Government of India, Dr. Dipankar Saha, Former Member, Central Ground Water Board, Dr. Chandra Sekhar Padhi (Engineer-in-Chief), Department of Water Resources, Govt. of Odisha and Dr. Satya Priya, Senior Water Resources Management Specialist, World Bank and Mr. Pratul Saxena, Project Director, Atal Bhujal Yojana, Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation. The session was moderated by Ms. Anupama Madhok Sud, Director & Editor, Water Digest.

The conclave ended on a positive note with possible pathways for future water solutions and emerging possibilities being utilised to their full potential.

Water Digest plans to replicate this success across several states with more such conclaves and discussion platforms.

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Source: Water Digest

 

 

 

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