by Martien Aartsen (Master student University of Utrecht, WetsNext Ahmedabad project)
In hindsight, I couldn’t imagine being able to see so many features of the country as I did in the relatively short period I stayed in India. I was able to speak to many kind government officials across different departments. I spoke to ambitious and concerned NGOs, and I spoke to involved academics. I was even able to join a water walk, organised by ‘concerned’ citizens. During this water walk, we were guided along important water features of Ahmedabad like the the Vasna Barrage, a Wastewater Treatment Plant, and a place where treated wastewater is discharged into the river.
Next to my research related activities, I was also able to do some sightseeing and experience the local Diwali celebrations.
Now, back in the Netherlands, it’s time to finish transcribing interviews and gathering the last bits of required data. After that, I’m finally ready to start working on the deliverable for Utrecht University, which will come in the form of a report describing the status of the water governance in the city of Ahmedabad. But that’s not all. The report will also be written into an article, to be published in a scientific journal. This will be done with the help of my supervisors at Utrecht University and KWR Watercycle Research Institute, where I am doing a complementary internship.
The results will be published on the Wetskills website.
(see also first post of Martien)