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‘Swachh Jal Swachh Bharat’ Conclave: A Conversation On Water Conservation

The focus of the conclave was on sharing ideas, best practices and coming up with substantial opinions and critical assessment of the condition of water today.

New Delhi: Indian magazine Water Digest organised a one-day conclave on the topic ‘Swachh Jal Swachh Bharat Conclave: A conversation on Water Conservation: Talking Blue’ on July 27, 2022 in New Delhi. The focus of the conclave was on sharing ideas, best practices and coming up with substantial opinions and critical assessment of the condition of water today. The event took forward a concrete debate on changing mindsets and most importantly, implementing the outcomes of discussions and debates.

Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat was the Chief Guest for the conclave. He set the tone for the inaugural session with his address. The daylong conclave sessions revolved around the three themes across various topics Nirmal Jal- Wastewater Management in India, Anupam Jal– Safe Drinking Water- Water for all and Amrit Jal- Role of Groundwater in Watershed Management.

After the grand inaugural session the morning session began with the theme being Nirmal Jal-Wastewater Management in India. This session saw active participation of Government and industry representatives.

The second session was on Anupam Jal- Safe Drinking Water: Water for all. This was followed by presentations and discussions by the eminent speakers including Manish Wasuja, WASH Specialist, UNICEF Delhi, RV Singh, Senior Vice President, JWIL Infra Limited and Anil Bharti, Additional Chief Engineer, Delhi Jal Board.

Post lunch, the third session was on Amrit Jal– Role of Groundwater in Watershed Management was initiated. The conclave ended on a positive note with possible pathways for future water solutions and emerging possibilities being utilised to their full potential.

The conclave was supported by the Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Ministry of Jal Shakti, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India and AMRUT. The key partners for the conclave were National Mission for Clean Ganga, Ministry of Jal Shakti, Odisha Lift Irrigation Corporation Limited, Government of Odisha and WAPCOS Limited and the product displayed by SWAN Environmental Pvt. Ltd. and Pure N Safe Pvt. Ltd.

Among the key dignitaries present were Anu Garg, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Water Resources, Government of Odisha, Rajiv Ranjan Mishra (IAS) Former Director General, National Mission for Clean Ganga, A B Pandya, Secretary-General ICID, Editor-in-Chief Water Digest, Anupama Madhok Sud, Director and Editor, Water Digest and Umesh Kumar Sharma, Director, Water Digest.