24x7 potable drinking water in next 5 years: Delhi Water Minister

Friday, November 06, 2020

New Delhi, 6th November 2020:
 The Minister of Home & Health, Public Works Department Power, Government of Delhi, Shri Satyendar Kumar Jain has stated that the Delhi government has great confidence that they would be able to provide clean drinking water round the clock to the people by the year 2025. He was speaking at a virtual event- ‘Safe Water for ALL and Save Water By ALL’ organized by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM).

The minister stated that once they are able to achieve the goal, the expenditure on healthcare would be reduced drastically. “A lot of diseases are waterborne, once the Delhi government is able to achieve its target of providing clean water to all the residents, many diseases would be eliminated and so would the government costs on the same,” he added.

Shri Jain explained that the government has kept a 10x approach to shorten the water cycle in solving the water problems. “Now water which comes from the three months of monsoons flows into the lakes and reservoirs. Suppose we shorten the cycle and recycle the water which is given to the households, this would increase the amount of water available for consumption. By 10x approach, we mean the quality of water to increase by 10x times and the reduction in the cost would also be 10X,” he said.

According to the hon minister, the Delhi government has taken all the necessary steps to clean the Yamuna River and would show the results in the next 3-4 years. “We are also aiming at cleaning all the Nallahs or the dirty water canals in Delhi. Unless we do both things simultaneously, the results are not possible. As rainwater would be flowing through the same canals in the Yamuna,” he explained.

While relating his family experience, Vineet Agarwal, senior vice president, ASSOCHAM, and managing director, TCI Logistics stated that their family belonged to a village in Rajasthan, and the shortage of water forced his grandparents to migrate to other states in the country. “My grandfather has made efforts to help the people get access to clean water in Rajasthan. We have continued his efforts and are building 40000 toilets to ensure that water is not contaminated,” he said.

He added that water is an integral part of human life. “It is everyone’s responsibility to safeguard water and ensure that it is conserved,” he added.

Juhi Gupta, Head Sustainability at PepsiCo Holdings India Pvt. Ltd explained that India has around 16 percent of the world’s population and only 4 percent of the world’s water resources. “It is indeed alarming that almost 2.3 billion people don’t have access to safe drinking water and almost double of that figure don’t have access to sanitation facility,” She said.

She explained that it is not the government’s responsibility alone but that of all the stakeholders including the industries to ensure that they do their bit. “Almost 200 million work hours a day are wasted for the women population trying to get drinking water for their families. The same time can be used productively to get access to education,” She pointed out.

David Wilcox, Founder, Reach Scale Global Network added that whatever technology is used for safeguarding water resources needs to be adopted by the larger population and should be commercially viable. “If India is able to show what it can do to scale up any technology, then the world would come here with their technologies,” he said.

Shri Ravi Bhatnagar, Co-chairperson ASSOCHAM CSR Council and Director, External Affairs & Partnerships, (AMESA), Reckitt Benckiser lauded the efforts taken by the Delhi Government towards water conservation. “There are many parts of the country which faces huge scarcity of water. We appreciate the steps taken by the Delhi government. They are adopting a target driven approach rather than a spending driven approach, which is much appreciated,” He said.

ASSOCHAM initiated its endeavour of value creation for Indian industry in 1920. It was established by promoter Chambers, representing all regions of India. Having in its fold over 400 Chambers and Trade Associations, and serving over 4.5 lakh members across India. ASSOCHAM has emerged as the fountainhead of Knowledge for Indian industry, which is all set to redefine the dynamics of growth and development in the Knowledge Based Economy. More information available on www.assocham.org
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