Chairman & MD of Vishvaraj Infrastructure Limited, Mr. Arun Lakhani addresses the audience at the the 4th Annual Conference on Sewage And Wastewater Treatment by India Infrastructure.
This conference happened on April 26-27, 2016 at the Le Meridien, New Delhi. The focus of the conference was to analyse trends & developments in India’s sewerage system, discuss the new government programmes, highlight opportunities and challenges. The conference also showcased successful projects, technologies and best practices. Here’s what he has to say.
According to Mr. Arun Lakhani there is an urgency to have an influx of drinking water. Like today in Maharashtra we see a truck load of water is being sent for drinking purposes. Section 144 needs to be implemented to protect the water tankers from people. This situation needs to be introspected and we need to understand why we are faced with these water problems.
India fortunately has an abundance of natural resources. We have more than 100 billion cubic meter of usable water. Maybe it’s distributed unevenly across our geography, considering we are a large country. So, we may have larger rainfall in some countries and scarcity in other areas. But still we are not a country which should reach to a situation where we have to have our society live by train load of water. We have gone wrong somewhere and we need to rectify this situation and particularly looking at sewage as a resource for water and not just as waste water that we need to treat. When we were at the time of independence we were a 37% crore now we are 120 crore. We were pre – dominantly agricultural economy now we are industry and service industry economy. We were pre – dominantly rural but we are now 37% urban and growing fast. Due to this situation in our society, we are pumping out 38,000 million liters per day of sewage untreated into nature. 21% of diseases are water borne. All the lakes, river (surface water) etc are polluted. The down streams of the large cities particularly, if you see the water treatment plant intake parameter. They almost resemble sewage water parameters. If we make a rule all the towns will lift water from their downstream and not upstream then we’ll realize what we are doing to nature, our society and our country. I strongly believe we need a sustainable urban water management. Distribution 24×7 water supply, pressurized water systems give a way to healthy and safe water to the citizens.
For instance in Nagpur 24×7 we are doing this whole cycle. Source, treatment, distribution and sewage are important. Sewage treatment even in the towns it can be lifted from the open nallas and not allow it to just got through and go to the rivers, or the lakes or nature.
Till be become very robust as an economy we will have to create a source of revenue for this sewage treatment within the cycle of urban water management. If we have rules that sewage treated water will be given priority by thermal power stations, by industry, by gardening, etc we will be able to generate revenue out of this water.
We need to start working sewage water treatment in our nation for a more sustainable living.