Vilasrao Salunkhe Chair

Late Vilasrao Salunkhe, a visionary, promoted the concept of equitable water distribution through his work in the area of water rights at the grassroots levels and termed it as JAN PANCHAYAT. As a tribute to his work and his dream of building consensus among various political parties on equitable water distribution, RMP has constituted a chair in his memory. This unique arrangement will serve as platform for all water related research activities, studies and will enable grassroots experiences to be dovetailed in the policy framework of the water sector.

Mission
To raise awareness of water issues among decision-makers and the general public in order to foster the political will, necessary to achieve the targeted goal of ‘WATER FOR ALL‘ and truly making WATER, EVERYBODY’S BUSINESS

Objectives
To generate political commitment to the national cause of water through the process of dialogue and building capacities of elected representatives at all levels, in the issues pertaining to the water sector. To develop various training modules especially for elected representatives explaining governance issues in water sector and building consensus on best practices. To establish a state-of-the-art water resource centre, documenting innovative/alternative action plans and conducting research in the water sector, useful for professionals, academics and the society at large.

Structure and Funding Sources
Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini’s training complex at Bhayander, an extended suburb of Mumbai, is the office of Vilasrao Salunkhe Chair. A fulltime researcher will help to carry out the said objectives and would be mainly responsible for training and research activities. A panel of advisors comprising experts in social, technical, economic and environment aspects of the water sector is available for guidance. Accurate Group of Industries, Pune has committed the initial funding. The managing committee of the chair will approach various national and international donor agencies for future plans. Like-minded individuals/institutions interested in the activities of the chair can contribute in cash/time input. Cheques can be drawn in favour of Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini A/C Vilasrao Salunkhe Chair.

Activities

Water Governance
Governance is the exercise of economic, political and administrative authority to manage a country’s affair at all levels. It comprises the mechanism, process and institutions through which citizens and groups articulate their interests, exercise their legal rights, meet their obligations and solve their differences (United Nations Development Program 2001.) Water Governance refers to the range of political, social, economic and administrative systems that are in place to develop and manage water resources and the delivery of water services at different levels of the society. (Global Water Partnership 2002.)

Rain Water Harvesting in RMP Campus
Rambhau Mhalgi Probodhini, Training Centre is situated in Bhayandar, this areas has acute shortage of water hence most of organisations, Housing Societies and others are depends on private water tanker suppliers for daily water usage and its very costly as well as depend activity. To solve this problem Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini have developed two artificial storage tanks by using HDPE sheet in May 2009.

Capacity of storage tanks No. 1 – 6000000 liter and
Capacity of storage tanks No. 2 – 1000000 liter
Total Rain water Storage capacity is 7000000 litre. We are using rain water for domestic purpose after filtration. Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation provided drinking water through Tanker. We are using sewage treated water for Garden area.

For details, contact

Madhav Bhandari
E-mail: madhav.bhandari@yahoo.co.in
madhavbhandari@rediffmail.com