Wa­ter con­ven­tion aims at plug­ging prob­lems

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

In­dian Wa­ter Works As­so­ci­a­tion (IWWA), Mum­bai cen­tre with sup­port from govern­ment of Maharashtra, MJP, CIDCO and UNICEF has or­ga­nized its 48th an­nual con­ven­tion in Vashi. The three- day con­ven­tion be­gan on Thurs­day at CIDCO Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre.

IWWA, founded in 1968 is a vol­un­tary body of pro­fes­sion­als like pub­lic health en­gi­neers, aca­demi­cians, sci­en­tists, con­trac­tors, con­sul­tants, tech­nocrats work­ing in the field of wa­ter sup­ply and sew­er­age. It has 32 cen­tres. More than 600 ex­perts pro­fes­sion­als from In­dia and abroad are at­tend­ing the event.

The con­ven­tion was in­au­gu­rated by Ba­ban­rao Lonikar, min­is­ter of wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion depart­ment ( WSD), prin- cipal sec­re­tary WSD, prin­ci­pal sec­re­tary, di­rec­tor of mu­nic­i­pal ad­min­is­tra­tion, mem­ber sec­re­tary, MJP.

Lonikor said, “Maharashtra leads in the coun­try in terms of san­i­ta­tion and is a bench­mark for oth­ers to fol­low. We are now aim­ing at to­tal stop­ping of open defe­ca­tion in the state.”

He added, “There is a drought is­sue in the state which the govern­ment is work­ing on. We will look into the pa­pers sub­mit and im­ple­ment them wher­ever pos­si­ble.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion gallery has prod­ucts re­lated to wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion sec­tor. A to­tal of 69 govern­ment agen­cies, man­u­fac­tur­ers and NGOs are par­tic­i­pat­ing in the event. He­mant Landge, di­rec­tor (tech­ni­cal) of MJP and chair­man of IWWA Mum­bai cen­tre, said: “Forty pa­pers are be­ing pre­sented in the con­ven­tion.”

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Ba­ban­rao Lonikar, min­is­ter of wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion depart­ment, at the in­au­gu­ral func­tion at Cidco Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre.

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