25/Bangalore Foundation, jointly with the United
Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO-ICAMT) has
launched an initiative called Project Agastya for better,
more efficient and Sustainable Water Resources Management
programme is the one of its kind in India, and is incubated by UNIDO-ICAMT.
Programme was launched through a Workshop on “Environmental
Concerns & Sustainable Solutions for Water Resources Management in
Bangalore City” at ICAMT, CMTI Campus, Bangalore on Thursday,
20th June 2002.
THE OBJECTIVE :
objective of this Workshop was:
To create a Forum to develop, initiate & implement Sustainable
Solutions for Water Resources Management in Bangalore City.
To create a Discussion-cum-Working Group consisting of the various
stakeholders in Water Management & usage in Bangalore City, to address
the problems faced by the consumer of Water resources.
To launch a series of Awareness Programmes on the scarcity value of
water, to promote the significance of a Scientific approach to Water
To develop new approaches to serving (involving the disadvantaged
groups), increase efficiency, improve technical & operational practices,
and access new sources of finance.
Workshop ended with the launch of a Forum consisting of the
various stake-holders of the Water Resources, the Civic authorities, the
Corporation, the Press, Consumers (both domestic & commercial) and
other like-minded NGOs.
was named “Project Agastya”.
All the Participants of the Workshop indicated interest to join the Forum.
Objective of Project Agastya is :
Project Agastya :
as a Government-Private-Public partnership, Project Agastya
includes all the stakeholders in Water Management & usage in
Bangalore, as well as representatives of the UNIDO-ICAMT, the 25/Bangalore
Foundation, Government Departments & agencies, Research &
Educational institutions, bilateral/multilateral agencies & other
has the support & participation of the 25/Bangalore Foundation
& UNIDO-ICAMT in its activities. During the Inauguration of the Forum,
a detailed Plan of Action was presented, which is a result-oriented
time-bound activity chart. It clearly defines what the 25/Bangalore
Foundation & Project Agastya would do for the first
6 months, and also some broad guidelines for its activities. The rest of
the PoA would be drawn-out by the Forum during its first few meetings. It
is presumed that it would take at least 3 to 5 years to achieve all the
Mr. S Vasantha Kumar, Advisor, UNIDO-ICAMT, was nominated as the Chairman of Project Agastya, while Mr. Rajeev Kumar, General Secretary, the 25/Bangalore Foundation, was appointed Chief Executive Officer.
The Forum is headed by the Chairman, assisted by a Vice Chairman. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO), assisted by a group of Directors, Dy. Directors & Asst. Directors, handles the day-to-day affairs. There is a Finance Committee lead by a Chairman, Vice Chairman & Convenor, with five Executive members.
objectives of the Forum would be achieved/implemented by its functional
groups, which would be formed based on the functional divisions of the
Every activity within the functional parameters would be the responsibility of the respective Functional Groups. Each Functional Group is lead by a Chairman, Vice Chairman & Convenor, with five Executive members, supported by a team of Experts & Volunteers.
Chairman, Vice Chairman & Convenor of the respective Functional Groups
reports to the CEO through the Directors/Asst. Directors.
Rajeev Kumar, CEO, presented the Plan of Action :
- being launched in September ’02.
- to be initiated in August ’02.
CLEAN TECHNOLOGY CAMPAIGN FOR WATER
being launched in September ’02.
the Programme, several Government Departments/Agencies, Other NGOs &
Associations offered support & co-operation to Project Agastya
& its programmes. Some of them are :
Departments of Ecology & Environment, Watershed Development, Mines
& Geology and Urban Development.
following Organisations also declared their involvement, support &
Water Commission (CWC), Bangalore Mahanagara Pallike (BMP), Karnataka
State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB), The Indo French Cell for Water
Sciences (IFCWS), The Embassy of France India, The British Council &
The British Library, KRVP, the Confederation of Indian Industries, the
Federation of Karnataka Chamber of Commerce & Industries (FKCCI),
Steel Authority of India (SAIL), Alliance to Save Energy (USA), Suez Corp.
(France) and the Rainwater Club.
more details please contact
S Vasantha Kumar,
Chairman – Project Agastya (& Advisor, UNIDO-ICAMT).
3478109, 3478110, 3479832. Fax:
(080) 347 5450 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Director (Hon.) – Project
Agastya. Mobile : 98440 36522 Ph :
Mr. U Jagannatha, Director (Hon.) – Project Agastya. Ph : 98452 50590.