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Jun 2014

12:06 pm UTC

MUMBAI: Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday urged people to treat every drop of water like the river Ganga if the vital natural resource was to be protected for future generations.

“Every drop of water has to be protected and conserved,” Thackeray said after visiting the ‘Water for All’ lab of the Delivering Change Foundation (DCF) of Sakal Media Group (SMG) in Mumbai on Thursday.

According to Thackeray, like the railways, water should be considered and declared a national property.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched a revival plan for the river Ganga. Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Uma Bharti, is working on this project,” Thackeray said.

Thackeray said that an interactive process was needed to find solutions. According to him, there are several issues linked together like environmental clearance, State and Central funding, land acquisition, etc. and we needed to tackle all these issues in totality.

Thackeray, who was accompanied by Shiv Sena group leader in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly Subhash Desai, MLA Ravindra Waikar and MLC and Shiv Sena spokesperson Dr Neelam Gorhe, had extensive interactions with the participants of the lab, which is into its last week.

The six-week lab, which has been organised by the DCF-SMG in collaboration with the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (PEMANDU) of the Government of Malaysia, the Government of Maharashtra and the India Backbone Implementation Network (IBIN) of the Planning Commission of India, supported by the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Contemporary Studies of the University of Mumbai, aims to make Maharashtra a drought-free State in five years time.

Allround development is possible only through a participatory process and this is what the lab is doing. We would definitely like to take such initiatives forward. I must compliment SMG Managing Director Abhijit Pawar and his team.
– Uddhav Thackeray, President, ShivSena

For comprehensive planning, we need tohave a focused approach and the ˜Water for All” lab has provided such a platform for government officials, subject matter experts, NGOs and corporates.

— Subhash Desai,Shiv Sena group leader in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly

The report that would be prepared after the lab would indeed help the water sector in formulating policies in the future. I have some experience of water sector and I must say that the experience of the lab was unique.

— Ravindra Waikar, MLA, Shiv Sena

Since the beginning, I have been associated with Sakal Media Group in the “Delivering Change initiative“ Apeksha Maharashtracha (Expectations of Maharashtra). It is heartening to note that such great work has been done in the water sector.

— Dr Neelam Gorhe, MLC, Shiv Sena

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