a) West Bengal needs to drastically rethink its attitude towards fresh water consumption, or risk severe water shortages in the coming decades, said environment and policy experts at 'Water Exposition 2012', a two-day conference organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry.
b) There are three main threats to water supplies in India, said experts like Nalco Water India's managing director Mahesh Rao, and Jadavpur University economics professor Joyashree Roy: inadequate infrastructure for a growing population, the deteriorating quality of ground and surface water, and the as yet unforseeable bu undeniable effects of climate change. To comabt this, said Professor Roy, we need to start with the agricultural sector, which is estimated to consume 70 per cent of the national water supply. "If we can conserve 10 per cent, we can re-distribute this to the domestic sector," she said.
c) "India should start recycling water," said Professor BK Dutta of the West Bengal Pollution Control Board, who also suggested incentives for industries that start recycling water.
d) The Minister for Environment and Public Works Department, Mr Sudarshan Ghosh Dastidar, said that the state government is taking the issue of water resources very seriously. "We must come up with new ideas. How can we recycle water, and reduce our consumption? We need new policies for waste water recycling," he said, but he did not elaborate on any plans or policy currently in the pipelines.
CII, Eastern Region and CII-Triveni Water Institute along with the support of West Bengal Pollution Control Board organized a two day Water Exposition 2012 with the theme Issues and Business Opportunities in Water Sector on 19-20 December at Hotel ITC Sonar, Kolkata.
The exposition was marked by the presence of Dr Sudarsan Ghosh Dastidar, Hon’ble Minister-in-Charge, Department of Environment and PWD, Government of West Bengal. Prof Binay K Dutta, Chairman, West Bengal Pollution Control Board was also present at the inaugural.
Eminent speakers from all across India were invited to share their experiences on different issues related to water management. Some of which included Dr Kalyan Rudra, Dr S P Sinha Roy, Prof Joyashree Roy, Mr Ramani Iyer, Mr R M Chatterjee, Dr Dipankar Chakraborty, Dr T S kathpal and many more.
The exposition aimed to provide an understanding of the water sector in the state and project an overview of the latest technological and water management solutions available for this sector. The exposition tried to capture the investment opportunities within the water value chain and provide a framework for developing sustainable water resources in the state. According to delegates in the Exhibition, the event helped catalyze actions and events towards addressing sustainable water management under climate change scenario.
Companies like Nalco, McNally Bharat, Ion Exchange, SGS India Pvt Ltd, Grasim Industries, Unitech Waters India Pvt Ltd supported the exposition financially and many industries dealing with water management, recycle and reuse technologies also participated in the exposition.
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