Bangalore’s water story is one of scarcity, depleting groundwater levels, disappearing lakes, monsoon floods and water quality issues. There is a need to set right misunderstanding about the city’s water stresses, how they are being addressed and the implications for the future.
Hosted and supported by the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board, the Co Media Lab (a joint initiative Radio Active CR 90.4 MHz & Citizen Matters initiative) is organising a workshop on Bengaluru’s water problems and solutions. The event is also supported by Electronics City Industries Association (ELCIA), India Water Portal and Biome.
The event “Watershed Moment: Bengaluru’s Water Problems & Solutions” will be held at the KSPCB, Parisara Bhavan, Church Street, on 1st October. The day long event will bring experts to answer key questions like: how much water do we really need? How much do we deserve to get from the Cauvery? What is the cost and impact of our current water management? And what is the role of Bangalore’s citizens?
The current conflict over the Cauvery is emotive and the narrative is mostly political. This workshop is a two-day, open event that brings together a panel of experts to answer important fundamental questions about the city’s water problems such as: how much water do we really need? How much do we deserve to get from the Cauvery? What is the cost and impact of our current water management? And what is the role of Bangalore’s citizens?
The event includes films, talks and discussions with well known experts and city leaders. Panelists include senior officials from KSPCB, BWSSB, Lakshman, (Chairman, KSPCB), Dr. Jaya Prakash Alva (KSPCB), Ravindra (BWSSB), MV Rajeev Gowda (Rajya Sabha MP), S Vishwanath (water expert), Nitin Pai (Takshashila Institution), N S Mukunda (Citizen Action Forum), Sridhar Pabbisetty (Namma Bengaluru Foundation), Kshitij Urs (People’s Campaign for Right to Water), Bhargavi Rao (Environmental Support Group), Priya Ramasubban (MAPSAS) and others.
The discussions would include:
- Primer on water
- Governance and Politics of Bengaluru’s water supply
- Fixing Bengaluru’s Water Issues; Case studies and discussion on how to push those solutions
This workshop is open for all and free, meant for all citizens interested in learning and working towards solutions to Bengaluru’s water issues.
There is also a special workshop for students/journalists interested in writing about environment issues. It will be held on 2nd Oct 2016 between 9.30 am to 1.00 pm and will be limited to 20 seats. The focus of this workshop would be on ‘Reporting on Water & Environment’.
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