Surat may take vital suggestions from Rotterdam in the massive clean-up campaign launched in Tapi River as well as stopping salinity ingress.
A technical team by Surat municipal commissioner M Thennarasan will travel to Rotterdam in Europe to participate in 100 resilient cities’ network conference. The subject of water security of Surat city will be discussed at the conference which is scheduled in the second week of July.
Surat is likely to get technical support from Rotterdam administration, which had faced similar problems with river Rhine in 1970s and later overcame it. The team will comprise city engineer Bharat Dalal, chief resilience officer Kamlesh Yagnik and two other engineers — S B Bhagwakar and Jawalant Naik.
Most importantly, the team will discuss the issue of seawater ingress and how it can be stopped in some creeks which render the land saline. “We will learn how to go about river training work and about water ingress system, which could be applied in the city to stop land becoming saline,” said Dalal.