Water Management & Governance Need Focus: G Asok Kumar, Director General for Clean Ganga

We have a sufficient quantity of water, but we do not manage the water effectively, said Mr G Asok Kumar, Director General, National Mission for Clean Ganga, Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Ministry of Jal Shakti, Government of India.
He added that if we can handle the twin issues of water management and water governance, we could easily solve most of the water issues in the country.
Mr Kumar addressed the 13th IWA International Conference on Water Reclamation and Reuse under the theme--Water Reuse: Overcoming the Challenges of Growth and Climate Change--hosted by FICCI.
He also alluded to the Swachh Bharat Mission, noting that ten crore toilets provided since 2014 led to achieving the open defection-free status. Thereby, ensuring the quality of water, he said. Further, he averred that the establishment of the Ministry of Jal Shakti in 2019 led to the "breaking up of silos" and made a difference through "coordinated, comprehensive decision-making."
Speaking about Namami Gange, Mr Kumar said, "We have 176 sewage projects with the capacity to treat over 5000 Million Litres per Day". He added, "the UN ranked Namami Gange as one of the top-10 ecosystem restoration programmes in the world." He also spoke on the "Catch The Rain" campaign, under which 47 lakh structures were made all over the country to harvest rainwater. "We are moving away from big dams to distributed storage", he said.

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