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3rd National Summit Sustainable Water & Sanitation India concludes in Bangalore
Sustainable water supply and sanitation is a critical area in India’s urbanization drive. Various national initiatives mare currently underway to tackle the current challenges in water scarcity, the impact of climate change & adaptation, the increasing demand in providing quality water and providing effective sanitation for the billions of inhabitants. Nispana in association with CDD Society India successfully launched the 3rd National Summit Sustainable Water & Sanitation 2018 at the Sheraton Grand, Bengaluru today. The two day summit was inaugurated by Sri. Eshwara Khandre - Honorable Minister of Municipal Administration in the presence of Sri. Anjum Parvez – Secretary, Urban Development Department, Dr. Sreedevi - Director Municipal Administration- Govt. of Telangana; Thiru Prakash Govindsamy – Director Municipal Administration, Govt. of Tamilnadu and other distinguished guests and personalities. Municipal Commissioners, Mayors, senior officials from various states were part of this immense gathering. This two day forum was supported by the Swacchh Bharath Mission, AMRUT and the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, Govt. of India. ARGHYAM were the Gold Partners while The NFSSM Alliance featured as Partner; the Bangalore Urban Water Supply & Sewerage Board (BWSSB) & the Hyderabad Water Supply & Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) were the State Jal Board Partners. SATO featured as the Sanitation Partners; Kamstrup Metering Solutions as Smart Metering Partners while Shubam Aqualink & Tata Projects featured as Associate Partners. The bag sponsors are Sepcon Systems while TUV Rheinland are the Lineyard sponsors. While speaking at the inaugural session, Sri. Eshwara B. Khandre emphasized the need of effective water resource management and also the intitiatives towards fecal sludge management in Karnataka. He also announced sanctions by the Govt. of Karnataka towards this sector. He also visited the exhibition stalls and interacted with the speakers and delegates. Some of the most vibrant NGO’s & organizations working closely with the Water & Sanitation sector in India like Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation(BMGF), DASRA WaterAid, Sydney Water, Tamilnadu Water Investment Company, ASCI, CEPT University, IIHS, GVMC and more were part of this immense gathering. Over 300 participants attended the summit from more than 65 plus of cities, towns and water & sanitation boards from all across India. The participants also took the Swacchta Pledge to promote cleanliness & move towards a cleaner India. The summit hosted more than 30+ speakers who presented visionary presentations and excellent case studies and joined in interactive panel discussions. This brought out meaningful debates and deliberations. The summit was also an excellent platform for all the municipalities to interact, network, share, innovate and ideate. The highlights of the opening day was an excellent case study on Water Harvesting presented by Dr. Rajendra Singh (Waterman of India) and an interesting keynote from Mr. Ravi Narayanan – Chair, Asia Pacific Water Forum.
The second day focused on Sustainable Sanitation & Fecal Sludge Management spearheaded by a presentation from Ms. Madhu Krishna, Country Head, WASH from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) along with state of the art case studies by Ms. Utkarsha Kavadi from the AIILSG followed by an interactive discussion moderated by Mr. Krishnan Hariharan from DASRA and a panel discussion on Groundwater & Sanitation moderated by Prof. Vishwanath from BIOME. Both these interactive sessions saw huge participation from the attending delegates. A special field trip to the Devanahalli Sewage treatment plant was also arranged for interested participants.
The summit concluded with a high note while setting huge expectation for the next edition. Furthermore, the proceedings of the summit will be shared to all relevant government and regulatory authorities and participants to implement the learning of this programme.
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