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‘The Sustainability 100+ Dialogues 2021’ – Telangana Roundtable

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To continue the Champion States series of The Sustainability 100+ Dialogues 2021, we are hosting a roundtable discussion in Telangana. As a part of this session, we are acknowledging Telangana for its robust programs in improving water quality, access, and infrastructure. Through the discussion, we will highlight water-related initiatives pioneered by the state and inform our audience about how the state has ensured water conservation while solving pertinent issues.

Clean water and sanitation have always been close to India’s heart. Several ambitious programmes have been launched across the country to provide access to clean drinking water, protect water-related ecosystems, increase water efficiency, and promote adequate and equitable sanitation. Now, there is an emerging need for sustainability solutions and policy interventions to elevate these efforts.

The discussion will, thus, deliberate on fresh perspectives, disruptive approaches, and breakthrough innovations that are required to make water access seamless and efficient across India with Telangana leading by example.

Key Discussion Points

Telangana’s sustainability vision:
  • Where Telangana stands in fulfilling its SDGs.
  • Mapping SDGs status across different areas such as climate action, water stewardship, and more.
  • Key learnings that made Telangana a ‘Front Runner’ in the 2020 SDG Index.
  • Interventions needed to create a roadmap to achieve vision 2030.
Telangana Government schemes to preserve water:
  • Free water supply scheme in water-scarce Hyderabad.
  • Mission Bhagiratha: Telangana government's flagship programme aimed at providing safe drinking water to every household.
  • Jal Jeevan Mission's Telangana initiatives in 2021.
World Water Day:
  • Strategies that can help battle water woes.
  • Examples of sustainable use of water resources.
  • Highlight key partnerships with corporates and other organisations for water conservation.
The future of irrigation:
  • Telangana’s Kaleshwaram project: world’s largest lift irrigation project.
  • Mission Kakatiya: a programme for restoring all the minor irrigation tanks and lakes.
  • Roadblocks on implementation of irrigation projects.
Transforming Telangana into the hub for water innovation:
  • Sanitation Hub: an incubator for promoting innovative start-ups in water, sanitation and waste water recycling areas.
  • Lessons from Telangana’s districts on water harvesting
Corporate companies' contribution in Telangana:
  • How corporates can help India push the needle to help the state become a resilient, sustainable economy.
  • Why corporates and start-ups need to join forces for a sustainable future.
  • Key investments opportunities for corporates as per the SDG Investor Map.

Who should attend

  • Policymakers
  • Changemakers
  • Corporates
  • NGOs
  • Sustainability Champions
  • Academicians


  • S. Narsing Rao

    S. Narsing Rao

    IAS (Retd.) Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Telangana

  • Ishank Gupta

    Ishank Gupta

    Regional Director – East, AB InBev

  • Nitu Narula

    Nitu Narula

    CSR Lead, Microsoft IDC

  • Peter Betzel

    Peter Betzel

    CEO & Chief Sustainability Officer, IKEA

  • Girish Mohan

    Girish Mohan

    Sr. Manager, Social Investments, ITC Ltd

  • Vikas Kataria

    Vikas Kataria

    Director Resource Mobilization, WaterAid India