a) “Water is actually going to end if sustainable water solutions are not explored and for this we all as Industry, Agriculturists, Layman, everyone has a role to play which include Reduce, Reuse and Recycling of water”, said Mr Mukund Vasudevan, Chairman, CII Northern Regional Committee on Water and Managing Director, Pentair Water. He was speaking the 3rd Edition of Water Conclave organized by CII at Jaipur.
He also added that use of technology for sustainable water solutions will be very critical and we not only need to address water availability but also quality of water. He also emphasised that during these years the cost of technology for recycling of water is decreasing and would further reduce in meantime, hence, the need is to explore more and more possibilities of using newer technological interventions for reducing, reusing and recycling of available water resources. He pointed on the pricing of water which is very important and where the role of Govt comes.
b) Before this Mr Ramani Iyar from Forbes Marshall urged upon finding global solutions for local water problems and to address the issues related to scarcity of water. He also emphasized upon the role of Govt machinery for proper policy making and execution of such policies for the benefit of the community. He shared the experience of Pune, Maharastra; Malkapur, Satara; a small town of China to through the light upon water problems and how Govt & community took lead to solve those problems existed in these areas through strong policies and community participation. Mr Iyer also made a presentation on Current Framework of Water Policy & Devolution in XII Plan wherein he discussed Draft National Water Policy (2012) Planning Commission Deliberations and role of different central & state departments to play for more clarity in policies.
c) The programme started by keeping 2 minutes silence to pay homage to respectable Former Prime Minister Shri I K Gujral and Shri V S Singh, Additional Chief Secretary, Government of Rajasthan.
d) Earlier welcoming the participants, Mr Dillep Baid, Chairman, CII Rajasthan State Council stated that the limited availability of water in the face of its increasing requirement will result in a severe and worsening supply-demand imbalance. This suggests that if remedial measures are not taken immediately, the situation will become seriously stressful.
e) During various technical sessions during the day, senior speakers from all across the country poured their knowledge into the daylong conference. During the 1st technical session on Challenges & Opportunities in Water Management Mr T M Nagarajan, Head – Water Technologies, Siemens Ltd made a detailed presentation on various Water Efficient Technologies available for water management. Mr Pinaki Bhadury, Vice President & Business Head, Wipro Water, a Division of Wipro Ltd was very impressive while making his address upon Awareness amongst Society on Residential Water Usage. He urged the participants for more and more contribution in community water management and also in spreading awareness. Mr Sripati C, Counselor, CII – Triveni Water Institute expressed his views upon approach to water management.
f) In an another technical session on Industrial & Municipal Waste Water Management Technologies Dr Dilip Shukla, Chief Executive – Water, KEC International Ltd elaborated on preparing a project report for Water & Waste Water Management under PPP and addressed key Issues in Concession Agreement. In this he talked about Principles of Public Private Partnership, Forms of PPP, BOOT Matrix, BOOT contract structure and Swiss Challenge. During the same session Mr Jaishankar Krishnan of Cairn India shared the Barmer Water Story which was key to Oil Production in Rajasthan. He also touched upon the Technical Assessment & Establishing Best Practices for better water management. At the same time Mr Manish Gandhi, Associate Vice President – North, Ion Exchange (India) Ltd delivered his remarks on Advance processes & technologies in waste water treatment. Prof A B Gupta from MNIT addressed issues related to Treatment of Municipal Waste Water and it’s Changing Scenario day by day. At the same time Mr Ananthula Mahendra, Vice President – Business Development, SUEZ Environment Water Services India made his innovative presentation on Innovative Leak Detection technique for Effective Water Management wherein he discussed current problems such as Inadequate Distribution System, Poor Maintenance Practices, Water Rationing, High Physical Losses, Poor Service – Inequitable Distribution, Deteriorating Asset Quality, No Cost Recovery of even O&M costs and to address these problems he advised to Improve Management of Available Water to fight against more future problems.
g) During the last technical session experts shared Success Stories of Improved Water Services in organizations, Water saving on PPP basis and Industries contribution in water conservation and improving ground water level. While chairing the session Prof V S Vyas, Deputy Chairman, Rajasthan State Planning Board once again emphasized the need of proper use of water resources and community participation & involvement for spreading awareness. Dr Ashok Agarwal, Trustee Secretary, Bhoruka Charitable Trust presented their experience in “Community Participation in Apni Yojna”. Mr Kalyan Ranjan, National Head – Public Affairs & Communication, Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt Ltd presented a case study on “BREAKING BOUNDARIES: Building Public-Private-Community Partnership to promote Drip Irrigation for Better Water Management in Agriculture”. Mr Ganesh Tripathy, Vice President & Corporate Head-EOHS, Vedanta-Hindustan Zinc Limited also shared the Vedanta-Hindustan Zinc experience in best water management practices. Mr Manoj Agarwal, Area Programme Manager of Ambuja Cement Foundation shared their work done for Promoting Water Harvesting and Water Efficient Techniques with the help of community.
h) The programme was well attended by around 185 participants from all across the country. On this occasion Mr S G Vyas, Mr R K Poddar, Past Chairmen, CII Rajasthan State Council; Mr Jaimni Uberoi, Member, CII Rajasthan and Mr Nitin Gupta, Director & Head, CII Rajasthan were also present.
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) with an objective to evolve roadmap for adopting new trends and techniques and share best practices on wastewater treatment, recycle and reuse technologies, rain water harvesting, ground water management, water demand and management, irrigation water and regulations organised 3rd edition of Water Conclave 2012 on 5 December 2012 at Jaipur.
The topics discussed during the programme included: Water Scenario: An Overview; Challenges and Opportunities in Water Management; Industrial & Municipal Waste Water Management Technologies; Success Stories of Improved Water Services.
Mr Mukund Vasudevan, Managing Director – Pentair Water India; Mr Ramani Iyer, Forbes Marshall Ltd; Mr T M Nagarajan, Head – Water Technologies – Siemens Ltd; Mr Dilip Shukla, Chief Executive – Water, KEC International Ltd; Mr Kalyan Ranjan, National Head - Public Affairs & Communications – Hindustan Coca – Cola Beverages Pvt Ltd; Dr Ashok Agarwal, Trustee Secretary, Bhoruka Charitable Trust; Padma Bhushan Prof V S Vyas, Vice Chairman, Rajasthan State Planning Board; Mr Pinaki Bhadury, Vice President & Business Head, Wipro Water; Mr Ganesh Chandra Tripathy, Vice President & Corporate Head-EOHS, Vedanta-Hindustan Zinc Limited; Mr Manish Gandhi, Associate Vice President - North, Ion Exchange (India) Ltd and other eminent speakers addressed during various technical sessions.
The programme went off very well with appreciation from all the stakeholders. More than 185 delegates from industry, academia, government and students attended the programme.
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