CII-Triveni Water Institute, CII’s Center of Excellence on Water and the Water Research Center, Tel Aviv University, Israel, entered into Memorandum of Understanding, today during the 9th India-Israel Forum in Mumbai. The MoU was signed by Mr Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII, and Prof Joseph Klafter, President, Tel Aviv University.
The MoU enhances cooperation of the two countries on planning, designing, and implementing new and innovative tools and technologies that improve management of water in India. It identifies opportunities and geographical areas where WRC-TAU and CII-TWI will pool expertise and derive workable, scalable solutions in the water sector in India, for the benefit of the community at large. This includes technology, management, policy reforms and advance tools and techniques.
It covers various sectors namely, irrigation, industry, domestic water use, wastewater management, municipal sewage recycle, improving water use efficiency, training and capacity building, and most importantly implementing of strategies in drought prone areas of India. CII-Triveni Water Institute and Water Research Center, TAU together will work towards improving the water scenario across several states and regions of India.
Prof Klafter, TAU, mentioned that learnings from Israel, customized and applied to water sector in India will further strengthen the bilateral ties between the two countries. Political will and scientific considerations will lead to successful applications. In situ treatment technologies will also have a key role to play on a decentralized basis.
Mr Nikhil Sawhney, Member, Advisory Board, CII-Triveni Water Institute, and Managing Director, Triveni Turbine Limited, mentioned that models of Public Private Partnerships, Awareness Generation, Policy reforms and Pricing that were applied and helped convert a desert country like Israel into Water surplus country will be further studied for adoption in India. The MoU would help advancing these.
Mr Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII, said that the MoU opens doors to new state-of-the-art techniques and technologies that will be customized and implemented. He mentioned that combination of Intelligent Policy, Advanced Technology, and Stakeholder Participation will certainly bring about the much desired change in the sector. CII’s WATSCAN, Water Scanning Tool, will be used and further strengthened for selection, and implementation of Water management strategies in the country.
The MoU signing ceremony was attended by various dignitaries that include government representatives from both the countries, academia, and industry leaders.
December 22, 2016