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Conclusions of 15 May 2008 Consultation Meet on “Water Management Through Integrated Planning and Regional Collaboration”

Dr. Harjit Singh Anand concluded the 15th May meeting by coming up with a strategy on how to collaborate to come up with The Habitat Plan for the Pondicherry Geographic Area (HPPGA).

The following Task forces are to be set up made up of the Chief Town Planner (CTP), Pondicherry, and appropriate members of the Pondicherry and Tamil Nadu administrations, PondyCAN, INTACH, L’avenir d’Auroville and necessary resource persons.
Task Force 1: Regional Planning
Task Force 2: Water
Task Force 3: Energy, including electricity, hydro, renewable, alternative, etc.
Task Force 4: Transportation, including MRTS
Task Force 5: Health, Education, Livelihoods (income generation), Rural and Urban poor
Task Force 6: Heritage, Conservation, Arts and Culture, Tourism
Task Force 7: Demography, Economics
Task Force 8: Environmental management and sustainability
A Component plan will have to be worked out on all these 8 issues.
In addition to setting up these task forces, the first task of the CTP, Pondicherry is to delimit the region and get back to Dr. Ananad on this by the 15th of June.
The next meeting is planned for the end of July and Dr. Karan Singh, Board member of the Auroville Foundation, will attend.
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“Water Management Through Integrated Planning and Regional Collaboration” – A Consultation Meet – 15 May 2008

Water management and conservation is an essential component of sustainable regional planning. Surface as well as ground water knows no administrative boundaries and should be managed and conserved in a  coordinated way. The key issues affecting our water currently are:

Depletion of groundwater. Aquifers in coastal regions (as well as inland) all over India are reported to have turned saline because of salt water intrusion and groundwater levels are fast declining due to unsustainable extraction and inadequate recharge.

Surface water management. Most of the traditional irrigation tanks of south India today are in neglected conditions and are heavily silted up, having lost their original storage capacity. Additionally loss of forest cover has further led to soil erosion, disappearing biodiversity and finally poor groundwater recharge from the rains.

Ground and surface water pollution. While solid waste management is now slowly being recognized as an issue to be addressed in the urban setting, this awareness is only gradually extending to the rural areas. The problem is worsened by inappropriate sanitation and open defecation. Treatment of waste water will not only avoid ground and surface water pollution, but also make it available for re-use.

An Integrated Planning approach at a regional scale is the only way out for appropriate water management and conservation and we can do this in the Auroville, Pondicherry and surrounding areas by working in a coordinated way with the administrations of Pondicherry & Tamil Nadu (Villupuram & Cuddalore districts).

In light of these issues, Town and Country Planning, Government of Pondicherry, L’avenir d’Auroville, Pondy CAN and INTACH are organizing a consultation meet on “Water Management Through Integrated Planning and Regional Collaboration” to be held at Town Hall in Auroville on 15 May 2008. The Consultation Meet will bring together the concerned authorities from the administrations and experts who have worked in this region to address the water issue at regional scale and give recommendations for future water management and conservation. Dr. Harjit Singh Anand, IAS, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA) will be the chief guest.

Program:

09.00 am – Tea

09.30 am – Welcome by Mr. Ramaswamy, IAS, Secretary, Auroville Foundation

09.35 am – Purpose of the meet by Mr. G. Durairaj, Chief Town Planner, Govt of Pondicherry

09.45 am – Address by Dr. Harjit Singh Anand, IAS, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India

10.00 am – 11.15am – Presentations followed by Questions/Answers

  • Regional Perspective & Historical Evolution – Tency & Prashant, Auroville
  • Salt water intrusion into ground water in Pondicherry -Dr. A. Baskar, Professor and Head, PAJANCOA & RI

11.15 am – Tea

11.30 am – 12.15 – Presentations followed by Questions/Answers

  • Water supply proposals for Pondicherry- Future plans – PWD, Pondicherry
  • Water Projects in eastern Villupuram – Villupuram Collectorate

12.15 – 12.50pm – Panel discussion

12.50 – Concluding remarks by Dr. Harjit Singh Anand, IAS, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India

1.00pm – Lunch