The project will address the water scarcity in Bundelkhand and its adjoining regions, and will become a role model for ground water management, irrigation and potable water management for the rest of the country. According to the signed ‘plan of cooperation’, both governments will cooperate in the field of water utility on the Indo-Israel Bundelkhand water project. There are three components in the India–Israel Bundelkhand Water Project i.e. water conservation, water efficient transportation and advanced water practices for agriculture.
The agreement was signed by Israel’s Ambassador to India, Ron Malka and UP’s Agriculture Production Commissioner Alok Sinha.
On the occasion, Malka said: “This is another example of the multifaceted partnership between Israel and India. Israel is keen to share its most advanced, innovative, and cutting-edge water technologies with the Government of Uttar Pradesh. Water security is
the top priority in our strategic water partnership with India.”
In recent decades, cutting-edge innovation developed in Israel to tackle the water shortage has helped position it as a world leader in all aspects of water management. Israel is proud to share its expertise in water to promote water and food security around the world and especially with “precious friend” India, he said.
“This agreement is a flagship project in the ongoing cooperation between the two countries and opens a new chapter allowing the countries to leverage our strategic cooperation in the field of water,” an Israeli Embassy statement said.
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During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel in 2017, Israel and India signed two major water agreements to increase cooperation in water conservation and state water utility reform in India.
In 2019, Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat visited Israel in the framework of the Water Technology and Environmental Control Conference and Exhibition in order to advance cooperation in the field of water between the two countries.