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Press Releases (2016)
For Conference on Enhancing water use efficiency and competitiveness of Auto sector,
6th February2016

“There is an urgent need for industry to take an action oriented approach for its water use and waste water generation to ensure its Sustainable operations” said Dr Amarjit Singh, Special Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Govt. Of India

Achieve higher standards of Efficiency and optimal use of Water in the Auto Sector was the underlying theme of the deliberations at the Conference on Enhancing water use efficiency and competitiveness of Auto sector by CII-Triveni Water Institute, at the Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

Dr Amarjit Singh, Special Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Govt. of India, in his address mentioned how the health implications created by water contaminants adversely affects productivity and thus highlighted the role industry has to play in mitigating water contamination. Mr Singh also stressed upon the need to evolve norms with respect to optimum water utilization and effective waste water discharge specially for industries located in the Ganga Basin.

Mr Prasann Chobe, Conference Chairman and Senior Vice President, Head Manufacturing Operations – CVBU, Tata Motors Ltd, emphasized upon the importance to place sustainable development as the key focus area for the automobile sector which is in its growing phase in India. Mr Chobe also invited the industry to invest in the growth of innovative ideas in the area of green technology from the perspective of Water.

Shri Nikilesh Jha, Additional Secretary and Mission Director, National Water Mission, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Govt. Of India, emphasized upon the five goals of the National Water Mission namely , preparation a water database for surface water , ground and wastewater” , preparation of people and Stakeholders partnership to build capacity to augment Groundwater usage, focused attention to vulnerable areas

including over-exploited areas , increasing water use efficiency by 20% across sectors and promotion of basin level integrated water resources management. Mr Jha also explained the challenges present in the water sector due to huge demand from Industrial , Agriculture and domestic sectors. Mr Jha also urged the auto industries to use efficient waste water treatment system in their manufacturing processes and use recycled water in several of their operations to reduce usage of fresh water..

Shri K B Biswas, Chairman, Central Ground Water Board, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Govt. Of India, highlighted the fact that that the progress of the country lies in the effective water management across sectors. Mr Biswas also emphasized the industries to channelize funds towards nourishing the groundwater resources by employing techniques like rainwater harvesting and artificial ground water recharge.

Dr Kapil K Narula, Executive Director and CEO, CII-Triveni Water Institute, in his closing remarks mentioned that the recent announcement of the Government of India for an effective Public Private Partnership model to combat the water related issues is a positive step towards waste water management and would encourage all stakeholders to come forward to work together for this sector . Dr Narula also highlighted that the key takeaway from the conference was to urge industry to re-establish its identify with respect to its watershed. He highlighted the need for isolating water rights from the land rights.

The Sessions of the Conference witnessed eminent speakers like Mr Vivek Joshi, Deputy General Manager, CCE, Tata Motors Limited , Mr K Harish, General Manager, Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd. , Mr Atul Suri , General Manager Eisenmann Surface Finishing Systems India Pvt Ltd, Mr Dheeraj Verma, GM – EHS, JCB India Ltd ,Mr Sanjay Gupta, Head Advisory Services & Ms Shilpa Nischal , Counsellor , CII – Triveni Water Institute a nd Mr Ashok Tambi , Manager, Bosch Limited deliberate upon the strategies to achieve international benchmarks with a long term perspective through sustainable water management practices

6 February 2016
New Delhi

For National Conference on “Innovative Water Management Strategies towards Enhancing Competitiveness of the Pulp & Paper Industry”
9th June 2016 New Delhi

Innovative Water Management Strategies towards Enhancing Competitiveness of the Pulp & Paper Industry was the underlying theme of deliberations at the National conference on enhancing water use efficiency and competitiveness of the Pulp and Paper sector by CII-Triveni Water Institute, at New Delhi.

Dr Manoranjan Hota, Advisor, Ministry Of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of India, urged the pulp and paper industry to work towards effective implementation of the CPCB charter for water use in their processes. It is important for industry to address the issue of various contaminants which originates from these industries for future sustainability of this sector.

Dr R K Jain, Director, Central Pulp & Paper Research Institute, Ministry Of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, in his address mentioned that it is heartening to know that the Pulp and Paper Industry is growing significantly on a global scale, however it is imperative that the sector focusses on its sustainability as well. Since this is a water intensive sector, it is for the benefit of the industry to ensure through its proactive steps that they Reduce, Reuse and Recycle water in their processes.

Mr Sanjay Singh, President, IPMA, Chief Executive Officer, ITC Paper boards and Speciality Paper Division, welcomed all the stakeholders from the Pulp and Paper sector, government, and academia. He expressed the need to look at integrated solutions, both inside and outside the fence. He suggested that a Mission from CII could be taken to Pulp & Paper Industries who have done exemplary work in water and wastewater management. Mr Singh urged the paper industry to apply WATSCAN tool developed by the CII – Triveni water Institute for ensuring future sustainable operations. He further said that in the next ten years the challenges will get intensified and the industry needs to act today.

Mr Neehar Aggarwal, Chief Operating Officer Ballarpur Int. Graphic Paper Holdings, in his address highlighted some of the challenges being faced by the sector in terms of affordability of technology based on scale of production in India.

Mr A K Vidyarthi, Additional Director, Central Pollution Control Board, urged the pulp and paper industry to work through a mission mode approach towards effective and judicious consumption of water. He mentioned that CPCB has notified the ‘National Charter’ which has to be implemented by all the pulp and paper industry in a time bound manner. The Charter focusses on participatory approach, technology up gradation, and standardization of processes. Mr Vidyarthi focused upon special attention that has been laid on contaminant control & management and asked industry for preparing effective action plans for augmentation and enhancement of effective water use in the sector, especially those in the Ganga Basin States.

Mr Ved Krishna, Past Chairman - CII UP State Council & Managing Director Yash Papers Ltd, in his address mentioned the need to improve at source rather than end of pipe treatment. He said there is a need to have a collaborative approach and work towards innovative solutions.

Dr Kapil Narula, ED and CEO , CII – Triveni Water Institute suggested the industries to focus on source protection, where through water audits, water pinch and application of integrated Tools such as CII’s WATSCAN innovative solutions can be arrived at. He also mentioned that there should be a framework that should be able to handle resilience to extremes. He emphasized on process integration to help curtail fresh water consumption in the pulp and paper sector.

The Sessions of the Conference witnessed eminent speakers like Mr Arun Bijur Managing Director SPB Projects & Consultancy Ltd, Mr Anil Kumar Chief Executive Officer Shreyans Industries Ltd ,B.V Mr Ved Krishna Past Chairman CII UP State Council& Managing Director Yash Papers Ltd, Mr Basab Ghosh Deputy General Manager ITC Limited, PSPD Dr Vivek Kumar Associate Professor Department of Pulp and Paper Technology IIT Rourkee , Mr Sanjay Gupta, Senior Counsellor & Head , Advisory Services CII – Triveni Water Institute, Dr S V Subrahmanyam GM(R&D and QC), Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Limited, Mr V Vijay Vardhan , Manager – Operations, ITC Ltd , Ms Shilpa Nischal, Counsellor, CII – Triveni Water Institute deliberated upon the strategies to achieve international benchmarks with a long term perspective through sustainable water management practices.
June 9, 2016, New Delhi

2nd Water Innovation Summit : Economic Growth & Human Development & CII National Awards for Excellence in Water management :
26 – 27th September 2016

For their exemplary and innovative work undertaken in the field of Water Management, Lupin Limited, GAIL (India) Limited and ITC Limited were adjudged as the winners in Beyond the Fence Category of the National Awards for Excellence in Water Management while Bajaj Auto Limited, Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd., Trident Limited and Mahindra & Mahindra Limited, were adjudged as winners in “Within the fence” category

Dr Anil Kakodkar, Chief of Jury, CII National, Awards for Excellence in Water Management & Member, AEC, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre laid emphasis on the need for undertaking qualitative and quantitative management of the scarce resource. He discussed the importance of real time monitoring of water resources including water quality in taking appropriate measures at the local decentralized level. A open data sharing system complemented by effective governance mechanisms at the grass root level can have the desired impact in the sector.

Community level organization can be pivotal in bringing about a desired transformation in water sector. Speaking at the 2nd Water Innovation Summit focusing on Economic Growth & Human Development in the context of Water Scarcity, Mr Arun Maira, Former Member, Planning Commission, GoI pitched for People Public Private Partnership (PPPP) in the water sector. He also stressed to ensure quantification of results through proper measurement in order to manage the scarce water resources effectively.

Effective partnerships between government and industry is crucial for ensuring water and food security, said Dr Amarjit Singh, Officer on Special Duty, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation. He also mentioned that governance structures at the lowest level have to be managed well towards achieving the above objective.

“As 50% of aquifers and rivers are in a critical condition” Mr Dhruv M Sawhney, Chairman, CII–Triveni Water, Institute, Past President, CII & Chairman & Managing Director, Triveni Engineering & Industries Ltd felt “the drivers of change in the water sector are strongest in the current scenario”.

Mr Ravi Singh, Secretary General, WWF India highlighted the criticality and centrality of effective water management which transform the lives of in rural areas. Blending traditional wisdom of the community with scientific acumen can also bring about desired change in the water sector, mentioned Mr N K Ranganath, Co- Chairman, CII National Committee on Water & Managing Director Grundfos India Pvt Ltd. Other speakers included Ms Katherine Russell, Director, Strategy and Corporate Affairs Water Industry Commission for Scotland (WICS); Mr Arun Lakhani, Chairman & Managing Director, Vishvaraj Infrastructure Ltd; Mr Ashok Natarajan, Chief Executive Officer, Tamilnadu Water Investment Company Ltd; and Mr Ashish Mathur, Managing Director, JUSCO Ltd

The Summit provided a platform to deliberate upon concerns with regard to availability of water and an inextricable link with Economic Growth & Human Development of the Country. It brought together experts from Industry, Government and Institutions to build integrative strategies to facilitate an effective and integrated role with invaluable collaborative opportunities to ensure unhindered economic growth and human development.

During the course of the summit 7 companies were awarded for their exemplary and innovative work undertaken in the field of Water Management. The winner “within the fence” category are- Bajaj Auto Limited, Waluj, Aurangabad, Maharashtra; Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd. (Appliances Division), Shirwal, Maharashtra; Trident Limited (Home Textile Division), Barnala, Punjab; and

Mahindra & Mahindra Limited, Plant 1, Nashik, Maharashtra. Similarly, under the “beyond the fence” category Lupin Limited, GAIL (India) Limited and ITC Limited were adjudged as the winners for implementing watershed initiatives at Junnar (Maharashtra), Jhabua (Madhya Pradesh) and Jhalawar, (Rajasthan) respectively thereby impacting the lives and livelihood of the community.

CII-Triveni Water Institute inks MoU with the Water Research Center, Tel Aviv University, on Improving Indian Water Scenario across States and Regions.

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.

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