Using urban wastewater for agriculture in peri-urban Bangalore

The urbanization impacts project team of the Land, Water and Livelihoods programme organized a workshop on 'Water quality and livelihoods in peri-urban Bangalore' with invited experts in the areas of agricultural economics, wastewater irrigation, pollution regulation and water law to review three years of completed work in the project, and examine the plan for the next two years in light of the ensuing discussions.

The project team had prepared draft articles based on results from research so far, which they presented in the four technical sessions in the day-long workshop. The first session dealt with the impact of wastewater irrigation on livelihoods in the Vrishabhavathy catchment in peri-urban Bangalore. The second session reviewed the sources of pollution and the nature of contaminants. The third session focused on the issue of regulating industrial water pollution. The final technical session was devoted to a discussion of the proposed health risk assessment planned for the next phase of the project. The workshop concluded with a panel discussion where the experts commented on the larger policy questions and research issues that emerged from the day's proceedings.

The workshop, with 40 participants, was held on September 15, 2014. Experts invited were Dr. Priyanie Amerasinghe (International Water Management Institute, Hyderabad), Prof. Paul Appasamy (Madras School of Economics, Chennai), Ms. Lovleen Bhullar (Environmental Law Research Society, New Delhi) Prof. M. G. Chandrakanth (University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore), Prof. Ligy Philip (Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai), Dr. Armin Rosencranz (Stanford University, USA), and Dr. Rama MohanaTuraga (Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad).