In the post-COVID-19 world, the role of water will become even more important, whether it is for drinking or irrigation, from a public health and agriculture standpoint. This will require domestic water supply to be given even higher priority as cleanliness and hygiene have become more important today. Irrigation too becomes more important now given the need to ensure food sufficiency. Water conservation projects will also need greater attention.
We will need to respond to these greater needs and requirements, with a greater sense of urgency with the old initiatives and, perhaps, will also need to take new initiatives and measures. Further, we will also need to ensure that these projects are not impeded on account of funding, regulatory/municipal clearances and any new restrictions due to COVID-19.
The mission of this webinar was to discuss the now greater needs and requirements with respect to water, the challenges that we will face and the strategies/policies that will need to be deployed.
- G. Asok Kumar, Additional Secretary & Mission Director at National Water Mission, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation
- Avinash Mishra, Adviser, Water and Land Resources, NITI Aayog
- Vinod Kumar Niranjan, Engineer-in-Chief (Project) Government of Uttar Pradesh
- D.Thara, Joint Secretary & Mission Director (AMRUT) Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs