More efficiency required to address challenges of urban wastewater: Parameswaran Iyer
New Delhi, Nov 29 (KNN) In an attempt to provide a platform for industries to showcase their innovation in sustainable water management and engage in a policy debate, FICCI recently organized 3nd edition of Indian Industry Water Conclave along with the 5th edition of FICCI Water Awards in New Delhi.
Addressing the conclave, Parameswaran Iyer, Secretary (DWS), Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation said that industry should prioritize water use efficiency. He added that need of hour is greater institutional coordination and spoke about the importance of incentivizing farmers for better agricultural practices and reusing the wastewater.
Amarjeet Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation in speech emphasized the need to have participatory approach to water management. He said that Water Sector Reforms should be priority of the industry and FICCI and Government should work together in addressing challenges related to urban wastewater.
Naina Lal Kidwai, Chairman of FICCI Water Mission and Chairman, Max Financial Services said in her speech that improving urban water use efficiency is a key solution to India’s short-term and long-term water challenges.
She added that ability of industry to recycle and reuse water, usage of irrigation water more efficiently; and availability of good quality water for drinking purposes have become very importance today .
Dr Mihir Shah, Chair of the Jury for FICCI Water Awards 2017 said that the country needs an enabling policy mechanism for upscaling innovation in water sector to help take country’s water reforms forward. He also said that demand related issues needed to be addressed promptly to reduce various water related conflicts like, agriculture industry conflict; groundwater conflict between different stakeholders. (KNN/AG)