Under the terms of the agreement, Save the Children and BASF intend to further explore the findings, from Creator Space during the upcoming on-site immersion phase in late February in Mumbai.
At the summit, more than 250 water experts, business professionals, NGOs, academia and interested citizens will discuss solutions to water challenges.
It comprised experts such as MCGM’s former additional municipal commissioner Rajiv Jalota, professor Rakesh Kumar from NEERI, professor S Parasuraman, director, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, and representatives from BASF Dr Raman Ramachandran and the NGO Save the Children.
Pramod Charankar, Retired Deputy Municipal Commissioner, Special Projects said, What interested me is the participatory approach rather than a bureaucratic approach that has been proposed for the Mumbai for Water Summit at Creator Space. It is a 360o approach including all stakeholders’ view into account.
Earlier, acclaimed artist Brinda Miller unveiled her latest art installation, ‘The Last Drop’, at the venue of the water summit in collaboration with Vikram Bawa and Vikram Arora. “Visually, water is one of the most beautiful elements of nature. As an artist I look at it as a natural art installation. I have never taken it for granted and I am sensitive to the problems that Mumbai faces - that despite adequate rain we have to deal with issues of quality and quantity of water”, said Brinda Miller. The installation will remain on display until January 23, 2015.
We very much welcome the commitment and leadership of BASF to share its knowledge and expertise to create interventions that can improve the living conditions of marginalized groups in Mumbai and in Kenya.Every man, woman and child should have access to safe water and healthy food, now and in the future. By pooling our expertise, influence and resources and by listening to the people impacted, we have the chance to create interventions that achieve wider positive effects in the communities we work with, said Dr. Sudeep Singh Gadok, Director, Programmes, Save the Children India, also at the signing ceremony.
Ace Bollywood director Shekhar Kapur and Lisa Ray, model turned actress and a cancer survivor. They talked about the importance of water and how the elite take water problems for granted. Mr. Kapur also made references on his upcoming movie – Paani which addresses this challenge. Lisa, a cancer survivor talked about how water’s unique properties and how it is used as a remedy for her treatment. In all, it was a very scintillating talk wherein they both asked people to take a stand and use water frugally. In the end Lisa pledged on using water judiciously and Shekhar has requested people to reduce consumerism – for e.g. a pair of jeans takes 6000 litres of water to get manufactured and we don’t even think twice before throwing it away.
On January 21, representatives from the municipal corporations, pollution control board, academia, NGOs, and companies will join in a discussion around organic waste management. Workshop on industrial water management, will be held on 22nd January