India Water Impact Summit

India Water Impact Summit

19.12.2017 - Posted by Tarika Khanna

Simon Tilleard and myself attended the India Water Impact Summit that was organized by Centre for Ganga River Basin Management & studies (CGANGA) and National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) from 4-7 December 2017 in New Delhi, India.

The summit focused on transforming Ganga by providing much required motivation for developing water and environment infrastructure in the Ganga Basin and other water bodies in India by engaging with all local stakeholders and international experts. Nitin Gadkari, Minister, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation (MoWR, RD&GR) addressed the gathering and emphasised action oriented work from hereon to achieve Ganga rejuvenation. He stated that the current government is receptive to ideas that are implementable, cost effective and can address the concerns of river Ganga. 

There were many parallel sessions, plenary sessions and technological presentations planned to discuss various themes during the summit. Simon Tilleard was one of the panellist in the session ‘urban river management and interlinking of water bodies at city scale’.

The session discussed the state of urban rivers and the local solutions that are available which however fail to be upscaled. The panellist discussed the successful examples of rural rivers revival and the poor implementation of sanitation plans of the city as the major concerns for urban rivers. The panellist from research institutes like Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore and National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Nagpur discussed the small-scale solutions that are implemented by them at institutional scale.

In addition, Simon discussed the concept of water sensitive cities which can address the urban rivers concern at city scale. The discussions also resulted in acknowledging that city wide solutions are present but the market for acceptance is slowly growing for the same.