When Chennai, the city of thousand tanks had water delivered in summers by a train, the deep flaws in urban planning focused only on built infrastructure were once again called to scrutiny. The Times of India, the leading English national daily organized a water conclave on 23-24 August to seek solutions for making the city water positive.
Speaking as a panelist at the event, Dr Ritesh Kumar called for conserving the city’s wetlands as a low hanging solution to the water crisis. He called for increased political ownership of wetlands conservation initiatives, as well as getting citizens involved in designing and implementing management plans. Read more about the conclave and press coverage at: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/blogs/chennaitalkies/forget-the-cow-lets-be-wetland-vigilantes/