‘Is­raeli Cos Can Help In­dia Deal with Wa­ter Cri­sis’

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New Delhi: Is­rael is in hot pur­suit of the wa­ter busi­ness in In­dia, and is ea­gerly await­ing Naren­dra Modi’s visit to the coun­try, which will be the first by an In­dian Prime Min­is­ter, Is­rael’s am­bas­sador Daniel Car­mon has said. Is­raeli firms have the so­lu­tions to tackle acute wa­ter scarcity and have en­sured ad­e­quate sup­ply in the coun­try de­spite it fac­ing seven droughts in a decade, Car­mon told ET in an in­ter­view.

The dates of Modi’s “his­toric” visit have not been fi­nalised yet, but he is al­ready ex­cited about the prospect of tak­ing the In­dian prime min­is­ter to a town that sounds like his name —Modi’in — not far from Tel Aviv.

Car­mon also said Is­rael was se­ri­ous about par­tic­i­pat­ing in the make-in-In­dia ini­tia­tive, in­clud­ing the de­fence sec­tor, which is a key el­e­ment of bi­lat­eral ties.

“In the field of de­fence, Is­raeli com­pa­nies are al­ready mak­ing in In­dia. Some have al­ready li­aisoned with In­dian com­pa­nies… Man­u­fac­tur­ing of de­fence sys­tem in In­dia and grow­ing busi­ness is the idea of Is­raeli com­pa­nies,” he said. In June, In­dia’s wa­ter re­sources min­is­ter Uma Bharti is sched­uled to visit Is­rael in search of ap­pro­pri­ate tech­nolo­gies to ad­dress In­dia’s acute wa­ter cri­sis and she is ex­pected to in­ter­act with Is­raeli com­pa­nies in this field.

Car­mon said Is­rael’s prime min­is­ter had al­ready com­mu­ni­cated to In­dia about wa­ter tech­nolo­gies avail­able with hun­dreds of Is­raeli com­pa­nies. The coun­try has of­fered to build a govern­ment-to-govern­ment struc­ture in which a con­sor­tium of Is­raeli firms can pro­vide the tech­nol­ogy that In­dian wants.

“In the last decade, we have suf­fered from seven years of drought. There was na­tional scarcity of wa­ter in Is­rael,” he said. “Some tech­nolo­gies were de­vel­oped and some tech­nolo­gies were re­vived, in­clud­ing de­sali­na­tion. There is no lack of wa­ter in Is­rael, which is unique for our re­gion where we are the only one to have wa­ter… This is one thing we are of­fer­ing to In­dia.”

Car=mon said the na­ture of tech­nolo­gies of­fered would de­pend on what In­dia seeks as Is­raeli firms have a wide spec­trum of ca­pa­bil­i­ties. “Op­por­tu­ni­ties are end­less,” he said. Some com­pa­nies can help man­age mu­nic­i­pal wa­ter waste, some can li­ai­son with hun­dreds of smart cities com­ing up in In­dia to man­age their wa­ter re­sources. “Com­pa­nies can part­ner to pu­rify wa­ter. In the Ganga re­ju­ve­na­tion project, we can de­cide a cer­tain area on the Ganga…where a plant or sys­tem can be used to pu­rify or re­use or do some­thing with wa­ter with Is­raeli ca­pa­bil­ity.”

He said the In­dian side had re­sponded pos­i­tively to Is­rael’s of­fer for a govern­ment-to-govern­ment ini­tia­tive on wa­ter. “Wa­ter del­e­ga­tions have been visiting Is­rael. Just a month ago, there was a del­e­ga­tion from Ma­ha­rash­tra that vis­ited Is­rael. Our min­is­ter of agri­cul­ture was here in In­dia and he was in Ma­ha­rash­tra, meet­ing with the CM,” Car­mon said.

He said they ex­pect Is­rael president Reu­ven Rivlin to visit In­dia and his coun­try is look­ing for­ward to Modi’s visit. “It will be his­toric as it will be the first time first In­dian prime min­is­ter will visit us. In 2017, we are go­ing to cel­e­brate and it will be an his­toric mo­ment as we will cel­e­brate 25 years of our diplo­matic re­la­tion­ship with In­dia,” Car­mon said.

Is­raeli am­bas­sador Daniel Car­mon ET PHOTO

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