The objective of the retreat on “Urban Water” was to understand the broader picture of the water situation in Bengaluru in the context of its regional growth. An overview of Bengaluru’s water management with respect to its water requirements, migration and urbanisation was also discussed at the retreat.
Following key points were discussed during the retreat:
> Long-term sustainability and effects of climate change, such as droughts and floods, along with issues of equity and access to water.
> Management of groundwater – a common resource- management of wastewater and lakes of Bengaluru.
> Access to water and usage by different sections of the society.
> The key intervention that emerged from the retreat was that the necessity of decentralisation of wastewater water management practices in Bengaluru. Additionally new resources of preserving water should be explored whereas there should be a cap on extraction of groundwater.
> Multiple uses of lakes were also deliberated upon and the retreat also sought to be the genesis of the formation of a single agency to manage water in Bengaluru.
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Participants of this retreat
Centre for Sustainable Technologies (ASTRA) IISc,
|Ganapathy Ponnani Ganeshan,
|Isher Judge Ahluwalia,
Chairperson, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)
Care Earth, Chennai
ActionAid and Peoples Campaign for Rights to Water,
|Mrinalini Bakshi Sengupta,
Samaj Pragati Sahayog,
Architect, Mumbai Waterfronts Centre and (PUDDI),
Head of CSR, WIPRO Foundation,
Research for Wildlife
|Zulfi Haider, APPI,