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August 21, 2014

Involvement of ‘People’ is the key towards Water Stewardship in India – FICCI

Involvement of ‘People’ is the key towards Water Stewardship in India

Mr. Arun Lakhani, CMD, VIL delivered a session on “Water Stewardship – Indian Perspective; 4Ps: Breaking Silos and Empowering Local Initiative” on August 21, 2014 at New Delhi at FICCI in a two-day seminar inaugurated by Uma Bharati, Ministry of Water Resources, River development and Ganga Rejuvenation.

Mr. Lakhani highlighted the importance of 4th P (People) in the existing PPP model in water sector in order to create a win-win situation for all the stakeholders. He advocated the compulsory use of treated water by industries within 50kms of the developed plants, the need of 100% investment by private sectors for building up sewage treatment capacity and need of the hour is to build urban water infrastructure, reduce non-revenue water and to empower local initiatives.

The seminar was jointly organised by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the 2030 Water Resources Group (WRG). The seminar aimed at bringing a positive action on India’s agenda of water policy reform.

Dr. Arunabha Ghosh, CEEW, Mr. Xavier Leflaive, Head of Water Unit, Environment Directorate- OECD, Mr. Anders Berntell, Executive Director- The 2030 Water Resources Group also spoke on the occasion. Mr. Berntell added that collaborative cross-sectoral efforts are required to reduce shared water risks and are often the most effective way toward sustainable water management at sub-basin level.

The seminar was attended by policy makers, bureaucrats, environmentalists, industry representatives, national and international consultants and students.

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