Hyderabad: The State Government of Telangana has prioritized water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and is deeply committed to achieving the sustainable development goal (SDG) targets well ahead of the globally agreed timeline.
Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI), a knowledge partner to the Government of Telangana inaugurated the INK@WASH 2020 Summit as an endeavour to create an innovative ecosystem in the WASH. The Summit aims to promote innovations through collaboration and partnerships between start-ups/innovators, state/city governments, mentors, academic institutions, non-profits and funders.
Ramky Enviro was one of the key partners at INK@WASH 2020 supporting the vision of Clean India by 2024. Speaking at the inaugural session Mr Alla Ayodhya Rami Reddy, Chairman, Ramky Group emphasized on efforts taken by Ramky Enviro for more than two decades on realizing the Sustainable Development Goals.
“We were a start-up in the Waste Management space almost 20 years back and today we are a multibillion-dollar company. We have always focused on bringing innovation and scientifically treating waste in India at an economical price. We still charge $ 10 per tonne in India, which otherwise costs $ 50 to $ 100 globally. We are working very closely with the Government of Telangana to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and a platform like INK@Wash is a great effort in developing an ecosystem of start-ups and innovators in this space.”
Today polluted water, sanitation issues, hygiene concerns and waste management challenges being faced by India are daunting and are causing tremendous damage to public health and the environment. Hence, a multi-dimensional and multi-prolonged approach for implementing innovations in technology, data planning, monitoring and behaviour change is the need of the hour.
Other speakers like M. Dana Kishore, IAS Managing Director, Hyderabad Metro Water Supply and Sewerage Board, Dr. T. K. Sridevi, IAS Commissioner & Director of Municipal Administration, Government of Telangana, S K Pattanayak, IAS (Retd) Director-General, Administrative Staff College of India, V Srinivas Chary, Director, Centre for Energy, Environment, Urban Governance and Infrastructure Development ASCI, Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, IAS Director General, National Mission for Clean Ganga, Government of India, addressed important topics like water management, innovations in decentralised waste management and need for centre of excellence for urban transformation. Padma Dr. Anil K Gupta, Founder Honeybee Network, National Innovation Foundation and, spoke about the 5 key principles for the sustainability of any innovation in the field of WASH.
The INK@WASH Summit – 2020 with the theme “Innovation & New Knowledge in Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene” made a call for innovators in October 2019 and received over 155 entries from Start-ups and Innovators. The shortlisted 25 showcased their ideas at the summit which received overwhelming participation by the world’s leading expert from corporates, incubators, government, academics, NGOs, etc.