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Maharashtra is the first state to have Integrated Water Plan, says Bakshi

Monday, September 04, 2017
By A Business Reporter

Vijay Kalantri, President, AIAI and Vice Chairman, WTC Mumbai (2nd from left) felicitating Dr. Malini V. Shankar, IAS, Director General of Shipping on August 29, 2017 at WTC Mumbai. Also seen in the photograph are K.P. Bakshi, I.A.S. (Retd.), Chairman, Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority (MWRRA) [3rd from left] and Meena Sankaran, Founder & CEO of Ketos Inc (USA).

“There are six basins in Maharashtra, namely Godavari, Krishna, Tapi, Narmada , Mahanadi and Konkan. While some basins face high water stress, others face low water stress. For instance, Godavari basin faces water stress, especially in the central and eastern parts of the basin. In order to address this imbalance in water stress across basins, Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority (MWRRA) is preparing Integrated State Water Plan. We have recently submitted the Integrated State Water Plan for Godavari Basin to the Government of Maharashtra and we plan to submit similar plans for the other five basins by December 2017. Maharashtra is the first state to have such an integrated water plan,” said K. P. Bakshi, I.A.S. (Retd.), Chairman, MWRRA while addressing an Interactive Meeting on ‘Addressing Water Issues at all levels (Households, Agriculture, Industry and Government) on August 29, 2017 at World Trade Centre Mumbai. The event was jointly organized by All India Association of Industries (AIAI) and World Trade Centre Mumbai.

During the event, World Trade Centre Mumbai honoured Meena Sankaran, Founder & CEO of Ketos Inc (USA) for developing digital solution to address water conservation, water safety and food safety. Under Sankaran’s leadership, Ketos revolutionized water intelligence through real-time, automated, smart-connected (internet of things) monitoring and predictive correlation of water metrics.

Accepting the Honour, Sankaran remarked, ”Water is life. The need and demand for a crucial resource like water is so high that it is the responsibility of every individual, corporate (private), public sector and critical policy stakeholders to work cohesively for a broader impact with the best of minds.”

Earlier in his welcome remarks, Vijay Kalantri, President – All India Association of Industries (AIAI) and Vice Chairman – World Trade Centre Mumbai said, “Everybody must be conscious of the value of water. We must conserve water through water harvesting, reuse and recycling technologies. Today, India has enough water availability. However, the capacity for storing the water is not adequate. Proper management and distribution of water is the need of the hour in this country. By creating new water storage infrastructure, we can prevent incidence of flood and its economic damage. Government of Maharashtra is doing a commendable job to increase the storage capacity of water under its ambitious ‘Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyaan’. Under this project, the government has dug farm ponds, enhanced the depth of streams and other water bodies.”

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