09.07.2013

Ms. Nandita Mishra (MoUD) lights the ceremonial torch with Mayor Rathod (Solapur) and President Gondkar (Ichalkaranji)

AdoptIUWM kick-off workshop sets things in motion for Indian cities

 

With the kick-off workshop taking place in Delhi on 5 July 2013, the EU funded “Adopting Integrated Urban Water Management in Indian cities” project was officially launched. 

 

Chief Guest Ms. Nandita Mishra, Director, Ministry of Urban Development, highlighted how the exceptionally rapid urbanization that India is undergoing will put considerable additional pressure on urban infrastructure – initiatives such as the AdoptIUWM project are thus needed to help cities work towards integrated planning of water resources. While, according to Ms Mishra, the project cities can consider themselves lucky to be guided in this process by ICLEI, she wishes for the lessons learnt to be shared with other Indian cities too, so that many more municipalities can benefit from this pioneering approach. Mr Shouvik Dutta, EU delegation to India, recognized the crucial role that local governments play in the field of water management, and stated EU India’s plans to invest in cities and engage more strategically with them and their associations in the future. 

 

The Undersecretary of Water Supply and Sanitation Department from the Government of Maharashtra and the Director of the Department of Local Bodies from the Government of Rajasthan were also amongst the distinguished guests at the workshop, together with the mayors from two project cities (Solapur and Ichalkaranji in Maharashtra).

 

The interactive discussion that followed the presentations brought to light many of the issues that cities in these two states, like many other cities in India, are facing such as: the lack of political will, the difficulty to access State and Central government funding, the need to map existing infrastructure and to cut transmission and distribution losses. The AdoptIUWM project will be an opportunity to tackle these and other issues.

 

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