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Waterman of India Rajendra Singh says decentralized community water management key to fighting droughts

Waterman of India, Rajendra Singh, winner of the Stockholm Water Prize 2015 has suggested that community water development is the only way ahead to address acute shortage of drinking water in drought affected areas of India, especially Maharashtra. 
 
He was speaking at the Nehru Science Centre, Mumbai after inaugurating the newly developed permanent science exhibition “Hall of Evolution’ on Tuesday.
 
Mr. Rajendra Singh said judicious use of water is a key to better water management and stressed that drinking water must get priority. 
 
He observed that diversion of river water for agricultural purposes, especially for growing sugarcane in the semi-arid Marathwada region has aggravated drought conditions in interior Maharashtra.
 
Mr. Singh appreciated the ‘Jal Sewa Programme’ being implemented by the Maharashtra government. He said the level awareness about water conservation was poor among Indians and called for renewed efforts to address this issue. He said river rejuvenation would be possible only through community driven decentralized water management
United Nations had proclaimed the decade 2005-2015 as the International Decade for Action, “Water for Life”. 
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To commemorate the conclusion of this decade, Nehru Science Centre, Mumbai, is organising an exhibition “Water for Life”, which is supplemented with the JSW-NSCM Annual Lecture Series, lectures by leading subject experts, competitions, theatre, panel discussion etc..

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