A centre of excellence for studies in water management will soon be established in Jaipur by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). Chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Wednesday approved the establishment of the institute. For the water management institute, the state government will provide 12,000 square metres of land while rest expenses will be borne by the CII. The decision will pave way for full-fledged development of the water management institute which for past one year has been operating from a temporary setup. The institute is at present affiliated to CII-Godrej Green Institute in Hyderabad which has been one of the most advanced water management research institutes in the country.
The Jaipur centre will soon be developed on the lines of the Hyderabad centre, including testing laboratories, data management and training facilities. According to government officials, the institute will be helpful for the government departments and local development bodies in the development of water provision and treatment policies. However, the prime objective of the institute will be to provide water management consultancy for the industries. As water scarcity becomes an issue of global concern, the need of water management has also been increasing both at administrative and private levels. The issue is even more important for the state of Rajasthan which has traditionally faced water scarcity, along with public consumption water management has become crucial for industrial development. The institute has already signed six memorandum of understandings with the Rajasthan government for consultancy of various water treatment and recycling projects. The work is expected to expedite with development of the complete centre.