Mumbai, January 9
Noted experts in the field of water conservancy have stressed on the need to bring about integrated sustainable solutions to solve water crises besides creating awareness among the people about holistic solution to greener environment. Delivering the speech at a day-long conference organised recently by Eco village of ISKCON and Artha forum here, the industrialists, scientists, spiritual leaders and noted experts in the field of water conservancy focused on building up community initiatives to conserve water bodies and achieve working solutions for a sustainable and synergistic future for all.
Addressing participants, Madhur Bajaj, Vice Chairman, Bajaj Auto Ltd, said his group NGO Jankidevi Bajaj Gram Vikas Sansthan has decided to support the Maharashtra Government’s initiative to make the state tanker-free in the next five years. Even if this takes ten years, it would be a meaningful effort, he said.
Bajaj said in rural Maharashtra, the Bajaj group NGO had covered many villages and households to provide water besides constructing nullahs and drains to store water for future use. He cited an instance of Baramati district where water works have been planned and effectively used for the benefit of public. He further said his group’s NGO has also supported actor Amir Khan’s NGO Paani Foundation with Rs 2.5 crore and Prime Minister’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan with Rs 20 crore. Bajaj also suggested interlinking rivers in the country so that a situation does not arise where there is drought in one region and floods in the other. He further said that water conservancy was the most neglected subject in India and added that 80 per cent of the diseases in rural areas were water-bound. The Industrialist suggested taking up community initiatives to conserve water bodies.
ISKCON Spiritual leader and Founder of Govardhan Eco Village Maharaj Radhanath Swami advocated holistic use of water for human survival, saying every drop of water is precious and should not be wasted.
Water, he said, was one of the basic necessities of life and the people are dependent on it spiritually, emotionally and physically.
“We must use water with respect, gratitude and compassion as it was a God’s gift to the people,” the spiritual leader said.
Dr Rakesh Kumar, Director of Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), said water in the soil nourishes crops so even a small patch of grass holds moisture. Equally important for the people would be to conserve invisible water in the air, he added.
Mumbai, January 9