54% of India is highly water stressed: K P Bakshi, Chairman, Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority
17 June, 2017
Nearly 54% of India is highly water stressed. This was said by the Chairman of the Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority – K P Bakshi at ASSOCHAM’s National Conference-cum-Awards on Water Management in New Delhi. The chairman called on the country to make optimum use of the available resources. Presenting the keynote address, the Secretary, Science and Engineering Research Board, Department of Science and Technology – Dr. Rajiv Sharma observed the importance of community participation in addressing India’s water woes. He also urged the industry to help in the endeavor. The guest of honour on the occasion was the Additional Advisor, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation – Dr. Dinesh Chand who observed that India lacked discipline when it came to water management. He noted that if the government and industry did not invest in water management, our problems are bound to increase. The event also witnessed the presentation of ASSOCHAM’s Water Management Excellence Awards 2017 under nine categories and the EA Water Industry Partnership Awards under seven categories. Plenary Sessions on the Best Technologies and Innovation in Water Management and the Way Ahead for Sustainable Water Solution included technical presentations on the subject. Prominent dignitaries that participated in the conference included the Editor and COO, EverythingAboutWater – H Subramaniam; the Director of Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute – Dr. Amitva Das; Vice President, Corporate Affairs, PepsiCo India – Neelima Dwivedi; Associate Director, Water Resources, The Energy and Resources Institute – Mr. Anshuman, Chairman of the ASSOCHAM Waste Management Council – Dr. K D Gupta and Senior Member, ASSOCHAM Managing Committee – Babu Lal Jain, besides other Industry leaders.