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Making Groundwater Management Efficient with Technology: Experts Agree in APAC Webinar

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New Delhi: Technology led efficient usage of groundwater, specially for industrial settings. This is the need of the hour. It was highlighted by the policymakers, industry leaders and watertech startup fraternity in a webinar organized by APAC News Network. The 3-part series webinar is supported by the National Water Mission, Government of India and Kritsnam Technologies.  The first part of the series was organized on Friday.

G Asok Kumar, Additional Secretary & Mission Director, National Water Mission, Ministry of Jal Shakti, Government of India delivered the Keynote Address in the webinar. ‘Groundwater should be protected at any cost. Time has come for industry to realise this and to join hands with government’s efforts by leveraging new age technologies,’ said Asok. Alok Tiwari, District Magistrate of Kanpur talking in the panel discussion stressed on the need for ensuring industrial growth but not at the cost of environment and for that groundwater management is important.

Vinay Chattaraju, Co-founder of Kritsnam Technologies highlighted the need for using new age technologies such as IoT, AI and ML for water monitoring. ‘It is time for internal water auditing by digitalizing pipeline network and doing live water budgeting by using and analyzing data. Industrial setups should implement new age technologies for groundwater usage,’ said Vinay while giving a presentation.

The webinar was organized on the new groundwater guidelines issued by the Central Groundwater Authority (CGWA) and to have both government & industry perspective for the same. Indian Industry Association (IIA)’s Kanpur Chapter’s Chairman Jai Hemrajani also shared his perspective in the webinar. ‘We are ready to use technologies in plants for efficient usage of groundwater. But government should also listen to our problems. However, we are open for collaborations.’

V K Upadhyay, Director, UP Ground Water Department said, ‘Our state has its own ground water act. It is decentralized act and completely online for seamless process. We are also focusing on new age technologies for groundwater management.’

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