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Water issues: India, Mexico to join forces

Comparing Mexico City and Delhi, the project will look into water availability, distribution and toxic discharge.

india Updated: Jun 13, 2006 22:38 IST

India is planning a major research collaboration with Mexico to study ways to tackle water issues in both urban and semi-urban areas, Minister of Science and Technology Kapil Sibal said on Tuesday.

"We are planning joint research to study the issue of water. Comparing water scenarios in Mexico City and New Delhi, we plan to study how we can tackle the water issues," Sibal said.

Sibal, who is leaving on Tuesday night on a two-week trip to the US, Mexico, Canada and Britain, will discuss details of the research collaboration during his Mexico visit.

"Mexico City has similar problems like New Delhi in that both are over-populated and face water shortages. Like New Delhi, Mexico City was one of the most polluted cities but they are now trying to come to grips with the problem," said Sibal.

"The effort is to study commonality of problems and arrive at solutions on how to deal with water issues," the minister said.

The project with the Mexico City would look into the issues of water availability, distribution and toxic discharge.

The two countries will also study how to address water issues in semi-urban areas. This project is being undertaken in collaboration with Calit2, one of the four public-private initiatives of the California Institute for Science and Innovation of the University of California.

Sibal had an opportunity to study efforts of Calit2 to tackle societal issues through affordable technologies during his visit earlier this month to attend the US-India Summit on Education, Research and Technology.

There are also plans to study water issues in a cluster of Indian villages and a group of small towns in Mexico to find solutions to their water, sanitation and related issues.