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    Israel, India mull boosting eco ties
    Government said to be looking into partnering with Gujarat-based firm in the field of water management

    Israel and India may soon partner up in the field of water management, as the Israeli government is reportedly exploring a possible partnership with a Gujarat-based company, India's PTI news agency reported over the weekend.


    According to the report, Prof. Uri Shai, head of the Water and Sewage Authority in Israel, had recently met with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the potential partnership.


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    A statement issued after the Shai's visit to the west-Indian region, said that Israel was keen to offer explore potential cooperation with India on various environmental issued, as well as to offer it Israeli technology that could help set cost-effective solutions in various fields.

    Recycling solutions (Illustration: Dalit Shaham)


    According to the report, the technological solutions offered by Israel could be used to set up desalination facilities, upgrade pipeline infrastructure and solar energy systems, promote water conservation and wastewater management and boost recycling projects in the region.


    Israeli Ambassador to India Alon Ushpiz said that should the deals prove successful, "bilateral trade between India and Israel is likely to grow to triple from $5 billion per year to $15 billion.


    Israel currently in the process of setting up seven excellence centers in India, in Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The facilities will facilitate the transfer of cutting edge agricultural technologies to Indian farmers, the report said.  



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