Closer India-Oman water management ties emphasised
Leading Indian scientist calls for water management collaboration
Prospects for a water management tie-up between India and Oman were given a boost today when one of India’s top scientists and the country’s former chairman of its Central Water Commission, Dr Madhavrao Chitale spoke on the topic ahead of a science fair in Oman today, Qatar's Peninsula newspaper reports.
"Besides the existing number of diplomatic ties binding both nations together, we need to collaborate with the Sultanate in various areas of knowledge sharing and expertise exchange towards sustainable development of water", the award-winning scientist said
He is visiting the Omani capital Muscat to be the chief guest of the 2011 edition of the annual Science Fiesta organised by the Science India Forum (SIF) to be held today and tomorrow at the Indian School Ghubrah and Al Falaj Hotel respectively. The theme of this year's event is "Scientific and technological Approach towards Sustainable Management of Water Resources".
He said that the Omani falaj, Oman’s main source of irrigation, can be updated with modern technology so that these traditional irrigation systems can be brought up to speed to match current demands.
Dr. Vijay Bhatkar, a leading Indian computer scientist and president of Vijnana Bharati India, an Indian science movement, will be attending the event.
He observed the Greenline Water Desalination System, one of the latest systems in this area being studied by less densely populated countries in the world, will be the future mantra of water desalination.
"This system which consumes zero-energy will be the system used by most of the countries 10 years down the lane. This is the system in which polluted waste water is passed through some selected grasses at the end of which pure, clear water can be availed".