The fourth edition of India Water Week will be observed from 04 to 08 April, 2016. Making this announcement in New Delhi on Saturday the Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharti said that the theme for this year’s India Water week is “Water for all: Striving together”. The Minister informed that Israel will be associated as the partner country for this mega event.
Sushri Bharti said the Inaugural session of India Water Week will be followed by Plenary session and Water Resources Ministers conclave on first day. About 1500 delegates from India and 20 other countries will be attending the conclave.
The Minister informed that the event has been divided into Seminars (eight nos.), Brainstorming sessions (six nos,), Panel Discussions (seven nos.), Case studies (six nos.) and Side Events (five nos.). These events will take place at ITPO, Pragati Maidan. Apart from this, an Exhibition ‘Water Expo-2016’ showcasing the technologies and solutions in water resources sector is also being organised at Hall No. 9, Pragati Maidan for the benefit of delegates.
Sushri Bharti said it will be a multi-disciplinary conference enriching the theme with dialogue by national and international community alongwith the exhibition. Delegates of the event will be immensely benefited from Israeli experience in efficient management of water resources as well as other national and international experiences. Many reputed National and International Organizations, Research Institutes, Educational Institutions and NGOs from water resources, agriculture, power sectors etc. are participating in the event to share their knowledge and experience in the sector. Most important stakeholder of water, i.e. farmers from different parts of the country are also going to participate in this important event as a part of INPIM Programme on Participatory Irrigation Management and share their experiences.
The Union Water Resources said that the multi-disciplinary dialogue will be addressing the important initiatives of the Minister and priority programmes like Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojna (PMKSY), Jal Kranti Abhiyan, More crop per drop, Interlinking of Rivers, etc. apart from other important topics such as (a) Water and Health – managing water quality (b) Agriculture and Irrigation (c) Water and Power – hydro and thermal (d) Industrial water efficiency (e) Water supply and sanitation for rural and urban areas (f) Environment, climate change and water resources sector. Sushri Bharti recalled that in Jal Manthan-2 Programme held at New Delhi in February, 2016,important issues like bridging gap between irrigation potential created and irrigation potential utilised, fast-tracking of 89 AIBP projects under PMKSY, ground water protection and augmentation, National Hydrology Project, etc were discussed in detail. Such issues are also proposed to find important place in discussion during the present event.
Partner country Israel will exclusively organise two sessions viz. (i) Role of Micro Irrigation in existing command and (ii) Israel makes in India – COE’s and commercial success stories, water management. International Commission for Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) has planned to organize first in the series “India Irrigation Forum-2016” as a part of India Water Week-2016.
Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India has been organising India Water Week since 2012 as an international event to focus on water related issues. Three editions of India Water Week have been organised so far in 2012, 2013 and 2015.