Submitted by Newseditor on Thu, 2016-01-07 20:41 Bengaluru: The National Sustainable Water and Sanitation India summit 2016 has commenced here at a private hotel in Bengaluru. The two- day exclusive gathering was inaugurated by U T Khader, Minister for Health and Family Welfare of Karnataka here on Thursday. While inaugurating the programme, U T Khadar, Minister for Health and Family Welfare said that sanitation and water management were the most important subjects to be studied. “In future, water availability will be a severe problem if we do not practice water management,” he remarked. Speaking on the occasion Dr Ravindra, Chairman, Smart Cities Foundation India, said that the Smart City project has been a boon for the development of the cities in terms of water management and sanitation as it focuses on cleanliness by embracing new technologies. “The reforms and new policies concerned will be really helpful in achieving progress in rural and urban atmosphere with proper management of water. If we do not have proper water management, it will be a greater conundrum tomorrow. Hence we need to understand how effectively we can achieve sanitation with minimum source of water,” he added. Speaking to Bfirst.in, one of the key speakers in the summit Bineesha Payattati, Executive Director, International Institute of Waste Management (IIWM) said, “In this era everyone is aware of toilets but nobody knows the way to use them properly. The success of sanitation policy cannot be concluded by just considering the number of toilets but also it is important to know how effectively the water can be recycled for sanitation. Hence, this summit is going to educate the local bodies across India on how effectively we can bring out the water management in terms of sanitation”, she added. K Ravi, Vice President, Federation of Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industries and B N Manjunath Reddy, Mayor, BBMP were also present on the occasion. About 500 people from several states are attending the summit.