Water expert and advisor to the chief minister, B N Navalawala, Thursday said that there was need to ensure integrated waste water management and water audit should be made mandatory. Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) Commissioner also stressed on the need to recycle waste water.
Navalawala inaugurated the conference on “Waste water management technologies and sanitation control” at Gujarat University Convention Centre here. Navalawala said waste water treatment capacity in class one cities was 30 per cent and class two cities was merely 8 per cent in the country which was very low. He said this called for recycling of industrial waste water to reduce pressure on resources.
The only solution, he said, was to recycle the waste water as well as solid wastes. The water auditing (consumption and supply check) should also be made mandatory in all cities, including Ahmedabad, he said.
He also said the what was required was change in public perception about recycling of waste water, while warning that the next world war would be fought on water. He said what was needed was to have a relook at the country’s path of development in light of the teachings of mahatma Gandhi. He said India’s waste production was the fastest in the world and country was moving towards lowest availability of water per capita consumption in the world.
D Thara, AMC Commissioner, underlined need for ‘recycling’ the sewage and waste water and to make Ahmedabad an eco-friendly city.