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‘8th edition of FICCI India Industry Water Conclave & 10th edition of FICCI Water Awards’

New Delhi, November 23,2022 : Dr Suman Bery, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog today stressed that reuse of untreated water will be vital to meet urbanization, agricultural irrigation and untreated water has a damaging effect on our natural water sources like rivers. “NITI Aayog has already set up a composite water management index and this forms part of our effort to hold the mirror up to the states within the framework of cooperative and competitive federalism,” he added.

Addressing the ‘8th edition of FICCI India Industry Water Conclave & 10th edition of FICCI Water Awards’, Dr Bery said that as climate change becomes old, adaptation and mitigation to climate change becomes the major theme in economic development and the private sector will have an important role to play in this. “It is what is being reflected by the announcement of the 10th edition of FICCI Water awards,” he added.

Dr Bery also stressed the need for the industry to engage with NITI Aayog at frequent intervals to increase different stakeholders’ participation in the development of the sector.

He added that NITI Aayog has established a direct relationship with the states and states are central including the urban local bodies are central to the vision set by the Ministry of Jal Shakti. “Various states have approached to set up mini replicas of NITI Aayog to develop their own kind of policy development capacity,” added Dr Bery.

Mr G Asok Kumar, DG, National Mission for Clean Ganga, Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Ministry of Jal Shakti said that the department is now moving beyond rivers, and we are also looking at tributaries as well. “Our biggest challenge after Ganga is now cleaning Yamuna. By the end of December 2023, Yamuna will be much cleaner in Delhi, and we will also be completing 1,300 million capacities of STP facilities by March 2023,” he added.

Ms Naina Lal Kidwai, Chairman, FICCI Water Mission and Past President, FICCI said that India’s water challenges are multifaceted and diverse. India is the largest groundwater extractor in the world and 85 per cent of drinking water supplies dependent on groundwater sources. “Increased urbanization and industrialization are adding further stress on the available water resources. Freshwater must be made available for human consumption only and for the other usages, we must look forward to the alternative and reliable resources of water and wastewater is one such resource,” she added.

Dr Mihir Shah, Chair, FICCI Water Awards Jury; Distinguished Professor, Shiv Nadar university said that we have been on the path of reforms in the country for past many years and has given extra ordinary results, but water is one of the sectors which has lacked the attention. “Water is the most unreformed infrastructure sector in our country. It has not been looked upon as a part of the infrastructure sector and it is the bedrock of the entire economy. We need to have fundamentally reformed water sector in the country,” he added.

‘FICCI Compendium of Best Practices: Recognizing Excellence in Water Management & Conservation’ was released during the event.

10th edition of FICCI Water Awards was announced during the event.

Awards List:

Category – Industrial Water Use EfficiencyCategory – Innovation in Water TechnologyCategory – Community Initiatives by Industry
1St Prize – Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (Narsapura)1St Prize – The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)1St Prize – Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (Khamgaon Factory)
2nd Prize – Hindalco Industries Ltd. (Belagavi Unit)2nd Prize – Taylormade Renewables Ltd.2nd Prize – Coastal Gujarat Power Ltd.
 Special Jury’s Award – Centre for Environment ConcernsSpecial Jury’s Award – Talwandi Sabo Power Ltd.
Category – Urban Wastewater Management
Special Jury’s Award – The Administration of Aurangabad (AMC & ASCDCL)
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