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The Danish Water Forum Operational Base was inaugurated at the campus of Gujarat Water Supply & Sewerage Board by Shri Babubhai Bokhiriya, Hon’ble Minister  (Water Supply), Govt. of Gujarat in the presence of H.E. Mr. Freddy Svane, Ambassador of Denmark to India.  This is very significant that one of this major scandavian Water Organisation has chosen Gujarat as its base for the first time in whole of India.  This is in fulfillment of the MoU signed by Govt. of Gujarat in recently concluded Vibrant Gujarat Global Investment Summit in presence of Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Narendrabhai Modi.

Hon’ble Minister (Water Supply) Shri Babubhai Bokhiriya said that the Govt. of Gujarat is committed to provide clean  and potable drinking water to all villages and cities in the State.  The number of fluoride affected habitations has reduced from 4187 to just 40 during last few years due to establishment of Gujarat State Wide drinking water Grid network under the dynamic leadership of Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Narendrabhai Modi.

The Ambassador of Denmark HE Mr. Freddy Svane highlighted the water expertise, knowledge, competence and high standard of Danish Water Forum making it a perfect organization to serve and strengthen the water distribution systems in Gujarat.

Rajkot Mayor Shri. Janak Bhai Kotak said that Danish Water Forum is undertaking a pilot project in Rajkot city to prevent water losses and strengthen the local water distribution systems.  The ultimate aim would include water audit, estimation of leakage amount and reduction of Non Revenue Water (NRW) based on the most state of art technology and extensive international experience.

The Danish Water Forum Spokesman Shri Anshul Jain said that they have selected Gujarat as their destination due to pragmatic leadership provided by Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Narendrabhai Modi in creating unparalleled State Wide Water Grid that is the biggest of its kind in the World.

The Danish Water Forum is a research based network aiming at highlighting and promoting water expertise and knowledge and facilitating concerted actions.  The objective of Danish Water Forum is to strengthen the water sector, nationally and internationally within water resources, clean water and waste water by promotion of easy access to knowledge and competence on water, thereby strengthening the quality and competitiveness of the water sector. Another important objective is to strengthening cooperation in the water sector between water utilities and research institutions and promoting the important role of water and its links to other sectors such as energy and health for social development for a cleaner environment.

This event marked a perfect occasion on the World Water Day in the International Year of Water Cooperation declared by United Nations.

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PM reviews status of oxygen availability to ensure adequate supply
April 16, 2021
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PM Narendra Modi took a comprehensive review to ensure adequate medical grade oxygen supply in the country. Inputs from ministries like Health, DPIIT, Steel, Road Transport, etc were also shared with the PM. PM stressed that it is important to ensure synergy across ministries & state governments.

PM Modi also took a detailed review of current situation of oxygen supply and projected use in the coming 15 days across 12 high burden states (Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan). An overview of district level situation in these states was presented to the PM.

PM was informed that the Centre and States are in regular contact and estimates for projected demand have been shared with states as on 20th April, 25th April & 30th April. Accordingly, 4,880 MT, 5,619 MT and 6,593 MT have been allocated to these 12 states for meeting their projected demand as on 20th April, 25th April and 30th April, respectively.

PM was briefed about production capacity in the country to meet the rising demand. PM suggested to increase oxygen production as per capacity of each plant. It was discussed that surplus stocks of oxygen supply in steel plants are being offered from medical use.

PM urged officials to ensure seamless and free movement of tankers carrying oxygen throughout the country. The Government has exempted all interstate movement of oxygen tankers from registration of permits to enable easier movement. PM was informed that States and transporters have been asked to ensure tankers move round the clock with drivers working in shifts to ensure faster turnaround and adequate capacity to meet the surge in demand. Cylinder filling plants will also be permitted 24 hour working with necessary safeguards. The Government is allowing Industrial cylinders to be used for medical oxygen after due purging. Similarly nitrogen and argon tankers will be automatically allowed to be converted to oxygen tankers to overcome the potential shortage of tankers.

Officers also briefed the PM about the efforts being made to import medical grade oxygen.