Employ high-tech for climate change adaptation
March 31, 2020
| The Pioneer
For climate change adaptations, it is essential to improve innovation in providing support for new technologies in the water sector, in devising new instruments for enhancing groundwater storage, financing water sector projects and ensuring active participation of various stakeholders including the private sector.
World Water Day | Managing challenges for water access to all
March 20, 2020
| Money Control
The launching of a novel scheme under the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) by the Prime Minister in December for ensuring piped water supply to all rural households by 2024, is a welcome step in meeting the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (6.1) for achieving universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all by 2030. While the scheme has many important features, there are many challenges before the policymakers and its implementers.
No More Dry Days! Why the Next Delhi Government Must Prioritise 24/7 Water Supply
February 10, 2020
| News 18
Water has been at the core of political agenda to lure voters. Subsidising bills and tariffs may increase the vote bank, but it results in the misuse of a finite resource. Highly subsidised tariffs, if clubbed with a 24/7 water supply scheme, will lead us into a dark zone. Instead of providing some units of free water, there should be a consumption-based pricing mechanism. Such a mechanism, along with round-the-clock supply scheme, can help in creating awareness about the value of water among consumers and help in recovering the cost of the system, thus making it a sustainable solution.
NITI Aayog isn't doing enough to make India more water-use efficient
December 2, 2019
| The Wire
NITI Aayog has published the second edition of the Composite Water Management Index (CWMI) for creating a culture of data-based decision making and encouraging "competitive and cooperative federalism" in water governance. The index analysed the water data at state levels (25 states and two union territories).
Dawn of India's Era of Digital Water Systems: Experts Look Towards Artificial Intelligence to Address Scarcity
November 8, 2019 |
November 8, 2019
The ICDL 2019 conference, organised by TERI, brought together the who's who of the water sector under one roof to set the agenda of digital water, 'not as option, but as an imperative' in the country.
Tackling volatility in the supply of water
October 25, 2019
| The Telegraph
The linkages between the received wisdom about water availability and its use in agriculture have increasingly been under threat on account of climate change. We are already seeing greater volatility in water availability and supply as predicted by global climate change models, which predict increasing disruptions in hydrology. These changes would further stretch our ability to produce food for all. The crises are a result of political and public-policy emphasis on large scale public infrastructure for enhancing water supply for irrigation.