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Wa­ter, which seems to be an abun­dant nat­u­ral re­source, is in dis­tress due to lack of proper wa­ter man­age­ment. If timely ac­tion is not taken in this re­gard, the con­se­quences can be se­vere. Re­al­iz­ing its im­por­tance and sig­nif­i­cance in to­day's times, AS­SOCHAM or­ga­nized a Na­tional Con­fer­ence on Wa­ter Man­age­ment on June 28, 2018.

Ad­dress­ing the au­di­ence at the con­fer­ence, Mr. U.P. Singh, Sec­re­tary , Union Min­istry of Wa­ter Re­sources, River De­vel­op­ment & Ganga Re­ju­ve­na­tion said that sub­stan­tially in­creas­ing wa­teruse ef­fi­ciency and ban­ning over ex­trac­tion ofwa­ter are im­por­tant for re­ju­ve­na­tion of rivers like Ganga or Ya­muna along with set­ting up sewage and in­dus­trial ef­flu­ents' treat­ment plants. "In­creas­ing wa­ter-use ef­fi­ciency would not only make more wa­ter avail­able to us but would also con­trib­ute in large way in re­ju­ve­nat­ing our rivers", he said. Mr. Singh im­pressed upon the need to pro­mote small sur­face stor­age and em­pha­sise more on ground­wa­ter stor­age as con­struct­ing big­ger dams like Bhakra-Nan­gal has be­come a dif­fi­cult task ow­ing to is­sues re­lated to re­set­tle­ment and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion (R&R), land ac­qui­si­tion, wildlife clear­ance, for­est, bio­di­ver­sity con­ser­va­tion and oth­ers.

In In­dia wa­ter man­age­ment is a big­ger prob­lem than scarcity of wa­ter. As per cer­tain re­ports wa­ter avail­abil­ity in In­dia con­tin­ues to be what it used to be 50 years ago.

He said that In­dia has wa­ter avail­abil­ity at 1,123BCM( bil­lion cu­bic me­tre) whereas de­mand is some­where around 700BCM. "Look­ing at the avail­abil­ity of wa­ter be­neath the ground, lot of in­vest­ments would be re­quired to make it avail­able to the user and though In­dia is not at a stage of run­ning out ofwa­ter very quickly but we need to un­der­take proper mea­sures for wa­ter con­ser­va­tion and har­vest­ing."

He added that much has been talked about of sup­ply side man­age­ment i.e. how to aug­ment the re­sources whereas we need to talk more about de­mand side man­age­ment in a par­tic­i­pa­tory mode.

Talk­ing about the role of in­dus­try in terms of wa­ter con­ser­va­tion, sewage treat­ment and other re­lated as­pects, the Sec­re­tary said, "Onus is on the in­dus­try; pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor must work to­gether to un­der­stand how gov­ern­ment, in­dus­try and pri­vate play­ers can par­tic­i­pate as part­ners so that In­dia can be­come a wa­ter

se­cure na­tion and does not go Cape Town way."

In his ad­dress at the AS­SOCHAM Na­tional Con­fer­ence, Mr. K. C. Naik, Chair­man, Cen­tral Ground Wa­ter Board (CGWB) said that 2017 guide­lines for is­suance of NOCs (No Ob­jec­tion Cer­tifi­cates) as part of Gov­ern­ment's Model Bill were be­ing given a fi­nal shape.

The Gov­ern­ment of In­dia had cir­cu­lated a Model Bill in 2005 ask­ing all state gov­ern­ments to en­act the same as wa­ter be­ing a state sub­ject they should con­trol and man­age it. In this Model Bill, agri­cul­tural sec­tor be­ing the back­bone of In­dian econ­omy and liveli­hood of lo­cal farm­ers, it has been ex­empted whereas NOCs are re­quired for in­dus­tries, in­fra­struc­ture and min­ing sec­tors.

He in­formed that the CGWB for­mu­lates guide­lines for is­suance of NOCs from timeto-time and the guide­lines that had been is­sued in 2015 are in vogue now. But there were cer­tain is­sues with the chang­ing ground wa­ter av aila bili ty sce­nar­ios and the guide­lines were again be­ing re­vised in 2017 and were in the fi­nal stage.

"A com­mit­tee has been con­sti­tuted to fi­nalise the guide­lines that had been pre­pared, were up­loaded on the web­sites and the com­ments from dif­fer­ent state gov­ern­ments and cen­tral gov­ern­ment agen­cies, NGOs and dif­fer­ent stake­hold­ers have al­ready been re­ceived and th­ese are be­ing com­piled," said Mr. Naik.

He also in­formed that CGWB had started com­pi­la­tion of na­tional equa­to­rial map­ping of 76 blocks on pri­or­ity ba­sis by putting con­certed ef­forts which are part of the 115 as­pi­ra­tional dis­tricts across the coun­try iden­ti­fied by the Nit iAayog un­der Trans­for­ma­tion of As­pi­ra­tional District Pro­gram with an aim to quickly and sig­nif­i­cantly trans­form th­ese dis­tricts in core fo­cus ar­eas of health and nu­tri­tion, agri­cul­ture and wa­ter re­sources, ed­u­ca­tion, fi­nan­cial in­clu­sion, skill de­vel­op­ment, ba­sic in­fra­struc­ture and oth­ers.

"There are 1,173 assess­ment units are there out of which 56are over-ex­ploited-and 20are crit­i­cal," fur­ther said the CGWB chief.

Shar­ing the in­dus­try's per­spec­tive, Dr Ma­hesh Gupta, CMD, Ken­tRO Sys­tems Pvt. Ltd. sug­gested the gov­ern­ment to sup­port pri­vate sec­tor in set­ting up wa­ter pu­ri­fy­ing ma­chines in pub­lic places to min­imise the prob­lems aris­ing out of drink­ing wa­ter scarcity and use of bot­tled wa­ter.

Dr Ma­hesh Gupta, CMD, Kent RO Sys­tems Pvt. Ltd, Dr. H. P Singh Chair­man, Na­tional Coun­cil on Agri­cul­ture and Food Se­cu­rity, AS­SOCHAM & In­de­pen­dent Direc­tor, Jain Ir­ri­ga­tion Sys­tems Ltd., Mr. U. P Singh Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Wa­ter Re­sources, River De­vel­op­ment & Ganga Re­ju­ve­na­tion, Gov­ern­ment of In­dia, Dr. Om S. Tyagi, As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, AS­SOCHAM and Dr. K. D. Gupta, Chair­man, AS­SOCHAM Waste Man­age­ment Coun­cil.

Dr. Om S. Tyagi, As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, AS­SOCHAM, Dr. Ma­hesh Gupta, CMD, Kent ROSys­tems Pvt. Ltd, Dr. H. P.Singh, Chair­man, Na­tional Coun­cil on Agri­cul­ture and Food Se­cu­rity, AS­SOCHAM & In­de­pen­dent Direc­tor, Jain Ir­ri­ga­tion Sys­tems Ltd., Mr. U. P.Singh, Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Wa­ter Re­sources, River De­vel­op­ment & Ganga Re­ju­ve­na­tion, Gov­ern­ment of In­dia,Dr. K. D. Gupta, Chair­man, AS­SOCHAM Waste Man­age­ment Coun­cil, Mr. K. C. Naik, Chair­man, Cen­tral Ground Wa­ter Board, Mr. Ra­jiv Mit­tal, Manag­ing Direc­tor and Group CEO,VA Tech Wabag Ltd. and Mr. Ni­lachal Mishra, Part­ner, KPMG.

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