Rajendra Singh – The Waterman of India visits MIT ID Ujjain Avantika University
New Delhi: Rajendra Singh – The Waterman of India visited MIT ID Ujjain Avantika University to address the students, faculty, staff, school principals, and other guests from the Ujjain district. He was the guest of honor for the inaugural event of ‘Avantika Samagati’. Samagati is a series of events that provides you an opportunity to interact with academicians and practitioners from disciplines ranging from water to drama, design to literature, music to moving images, etc.
Rajendra Singh shared his nuggets on water conservation and learn from his learnings of 35 years of the same. “We are gradually moving towards disaster as the water bodies are being demolished in the name of development. River health and human health are reciprocal. If such is the status of the rivers and water bodies, what would be the future. Nature and human lives should be equally respected. People should be apprehensive and safeguard the water bodies near them in order to assure a bright future,” Singh said.
He also mentioned, ‘Public participation plays a pivotal role in safeguarding water bodies as they are demolished by humans due to encroachment, pollution and over the withdrawal of water. While discussing water conservation with the sarpanch of nearby villages Singh pledged his support for water conservation and better rejuvenation of groundwater resources.
Rajendra Singh – The ‘Water Man of India’ knows the value of every drop as he hails from the arid regions of the Alwar district in Rajasthan and has been working since 1975 as a water conservationist and environmentalist.
For his passion and community-based efforts towards conserving water, Rajendra Singh the 60-year-old water crusader won the Ramon Magsaysay Award for community leadership in 2001 and Stockholm Water Prize in 2015.