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Water Digest Organises Swachh Jal Maharashtra III Conclave in Mumbai

SWACHH JAL MAHARASHTRA III
Let’s enable a water prosperous Maharashtra
September 27, 2022 | Hotel Four Seasons, Mumbai

Mumbai, September 27, 2022: Water Digest successfully organised the third edition of Swachh Jal Maharashtra conclave in Mumbai. The event was inspired by the ‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign and relates it to the nation’s water industry – with the theme ‘Swachh Jal Swachh Bharat’.

Water Digest brought together Maharashtra’s leading Government entities, regulators, investors and the state’s top-notch water & wastewater experts and researchers to discuss trends, share best practices and implementation of next-generation technologies in water and wastewater management in the day-long conclave. Expert panellists presented productive deliberations on Integrated Water Management and the importance of public participation in the success of the campaigns through a special session; Jal Shakti Abhiyaan (JSA): A Participatory Movement to Achieve India’s Water Security Through Mass Awareness.

The event was supported by the Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Ministry of Jal Shakti. The key partners for the conclave were Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority (MWRRA). The industry partners were SUEZ India Private Limited and Andritz, and the television partner was TV9 Marathi.


(L-R): Ms Anupama Madhok Sud, Director & Editor, Water Digest; Shri Anshuman, Associate Director, Water Resources Division, TERI; Shri K.P. Bakshi (IAS), Former Chairman, Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority (MWRRA); Shri Ajay Rathore, Deputy Municipal Commissioner (Special Engineering), Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai; and Shri Umesh Kumar Sharma, Director, Water Digest

Luminaries from the world of water who graced the inaugural session were Shri K.P. Bakshi (IAS), Former Chairman, Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority; Shri Ajay Rathore, Deputy Municipal Commissioner (Special Engineering), Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai; Shri Anshuman, Associate Director, Water Resources Division, TERI; Shri Umesh Kumar Sharma, Director, Water Digest; and Ms Anupama Madhok Sud, Director & Editor, Water Digest.

The keynote address for the inaugural session was given by Shri P. Velrasu (IAS) Additional Municipal Commissioner (Projects), Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, which he shared through a special video message. He shed light on various initiatives of MCGM, including the seven STP projects, and a Pilot Project in Colaba to convert tertiary water into potable water. He also shared insights on water recycling, finances to create infrastructure, technological interventions, water pricing, and desalination.


Shri  P. Velrasu (IAS) Additional Municipal Commissioner (Projects), Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai

“Reduce, recycle and reuse efforts need to be increased and water security must be focused upon to ensure the future of our water, said Shri Ajay Rathore, Deputy Municipal Commissioner (Special Engineering), Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, “at the same time, public participation needs to be increased for successful implementation of government initiatives like Jal Shakti Abhiyaan, Catch-the-Rain.”

Session-I [The Government/Industry Voice: Technologies and Innovations in Water and Wastewater Management] was chaired by Dr Ramnath Sonawane, Secretary, Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority (MWRRA). The panellists were Dr Ajit Salvi, Deputy Chief Engineer, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai; Shri Anshuman, Associate Director, Water Resource Division, TERI – The Energy and Resources Institute; and Shri Nitin Umbralkar, VP, Ion Exchange India Limited.


(L-R): Ms Anupama Madhok Sud, Director & Editor, Water Digest; Dr Ajit Salvi, Deputy Chief Engineer, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai; Dr Ramnath Sonawane, Secretary, Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority (MWRRA); Shri Anshuman, Associate Director, Water Resource Division, TERI; Shri  Nitin Umbralkar, VP, Ion Exchange India Limited; and Shri Umesh Kumar Sharma, Director, Water Digest

Dr Ramnath Sonawane, Secretary, Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority (MWRRA) highlighted that according to a study, India will be one of the countries to face water scarcity by 2040. He further stated that the Water-Food-Energy nexus should be created by all stakeholders for the development of our country.

Dr Ajit Salvi, Deputy Chief Engineer, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai shared a few illuminating project details of MCGM and emphasised on the timely execution of water projects by the officials while ensuring that the benefits of all water initiatives reach the common man.

Session-II [The Municipal/Industry Voice: Integrated Water Management: Water Supply, Treatment, Distribution, NRW] was chaired by Shri K.P. Bakshi (IAS), Former Chairman, Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority chaired. The panellists were Shri Anil Kotkar, Executive Engineer (Meters and Revenue), Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai; Dr Sadhana Mahashabde, Member (Law), Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority (MWRRA); and Shri Sumit Raina, CEO, Shubham Tanks and Liners Pvt Ltd.


(L-R): Ms Anupama Madhok Sud, Director & Editor, Water Digest; Shri Anil Kotkar, Executive Engineer (Meters and Revenue), Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai; Dr Sadhana Mahashabde, Member (Law), Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority (MWRRA); Shri K.P. Bakshi (IAS), Former Chairman, Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority (MWRRA); Shri Sumit Raina, CEO, Shubham Tanks and Liners Pvt Ltd; and Shri Umesh Kumar Sharma, Director, Water Digest

Shri K.P. Bakshi (IAS), Former Chairman, Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority raised three critical issues which need to be addressed, the first being priority to be given to water management and due importance to wastewater management and recycling, the second being proper management of water, and the third being a balanced and diligent management of demand and supply of water.

Session-III focused on Jal Shakti Abhiyaan (JSA): A Participatory Movement to Achieve India’s Water Security through Mass Awareness. The panellists were Shri Sandeep Adhyapak, Chairman & Managing Director, Water Field Technologies Pvt Ltd; CA Shwetali Thakare, Member (Economics), Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority (MWRRA); and Ms Anupama Madhok Sud, Director & Editor, Water Digest.


(L-R): Ms Anupama Madhok Sud, Director & Editor, Water Digest; Shri Sandeep Adhyapak, Chairman & Managing Director, Water Field Technologies Pvt Ltd; Shri Anshuman, Associate Director, Water Resources Division, TERI; CA Shwetali Thakare, Member (Economics), Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority (MWRRA).

A thought-provoking presentation was made by Dr Sadhana Mahashabdhe, Member (Law), Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority (MWRRA) on the legal systems for water and important state legislations in water sector. She concluded that the motive of Swachh Jal Maharashtra can be effectively achieved by supportive legal framework and active public participation.

The Vote of Thanks was given by Ms Anupama Madhok Sud, Director & Editor, Water Digest. Before giving her concluding remarks, she shared a captivating movie of inspiring case studies featured by Water Digest in the past, advocating water management, conservation, rainwater harvesting, capacity building, increasing gender equity and community awareness programmes.


Dr Ajit Salvi, Deputy Chief Engineer, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (Centre) with the team of MCGM and Water Digest.

All the sessions of this energetic, informative and interactive conclave ensured that delegates were well informed, engaged and energised throughout the event while meeting industry leaders and making new valuable connections in Maharashtra’s water sector.


Attendees of Swachh Jal Maharashtra III


About Swachh Jal Maharashtra
Swachh Jal Maharashtra is a day-long conclave focused on awareness and knowledge-sharing on water-related issues and technologies for the sustainable management of water resources in Maharashtra. The conclave is focused on bringing sustainable solutions through leaders where the industry/government can develop strategies to implement various technologies for better availability. It covers wide-ranging technical discussions covering almost all aspects of the municipal water sector while presenting the best networking environment for water leaders.

About the Organiser
Water Digest is India’s premier water magazine, acting as the mouthpiece of the water industry since 2006. It is also the winner of the ‘Best English Newspaper’ award at the maiden National Water Awards 2018 and 2019 by the Ministry of Jal Shakti, Government of India; and Best Media Outreach in Water by ASSOCHAM. Water Digest also received international recognition with the ‘Best Brand’ Worldwide Excellence Award in Malaysia.

The magazine brings the latest technologies and varied opportunities to meet the escalating water conservation and management issues in the Indian water market. At Water Digest, we promote and build awareness on critical water issues and trigger actions to facilitate efficient management and use of water in all its dimensions on an environmentally sustainable basis.

Water Digest, through its vertical, Water Digest Knowledge Exchange Forum (WDKEF), caters to the training and capacity-building needs of various individuals and organisations. We create a congregation of thousands of experts and professionals in the water industry to meet, interact and build partnerships.

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