Singapore agency, Maharashtra board sign pact on water management

June 26th, 2008 - 7:19 pm ICT by IANS  

Singapore, June 26 (DPA) Singapore’s national water agency signed a pact Thursday with the water supply and sanitation board of an Indian state to collaborate on projects aimed at minimizing water wastage and improving infrastructure in India’s cities and towns. The Public Utilities Board (PUB) of Singapore and Maharashtra Jivan Pradhikaran (water supply and sewerage board) inked the pact at a forum designed to promote business opportunities in India’s fast-growing water market held as part of the city-state’s international water week.

The aim is to facilitate collaboration as well as promote participation by companies in urban water management in Maharashtra, India’s second most populous state, a statement said.

Areas of cooperation include leak determination and reduction in unaccounted-for water, wastewater treatment and recycling emerging technologies.

Management of urban runoff is also included.

“Water is a crucial element for the survival of mankind, so the government of Maharashtra has given its state water policy top priority,” said Ranjit Kamble, minister of state for water supply.

Cooperation will enable the Maharashtra board “to leverage on PUB’s expertise,” he noted.

The forum brought together government officials and business participants from India, China, South-East Asia, Japan, Australia, Europe and the Middle-East.

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