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Saturday, 4 January 2014

WATER & GOVERNMENT POLICIES


In my earlier blog on ‘Importance of water and mankind’, I emphasised how precious it is and what measures should be taken to conserve it not only for ourselves but for future generations to come.

Delhi, the capital city of India is unable to provide tap water to 45% of its population. There is rampant use of ground water in drinking purposes without being tested for its worthiness. Number of report says that availability of raw water is far below the standards prescribed norm of 172 litres per person per day. Around 25% households received water through tankers with average less than 4 litres per day. The distribution of water throughout Delhi is also not equitable, with some areas receiving more.

Instead of giving thought to these pressing problems our governments are now a day resorted to freebees to get votes of poor. This was started way back in Andhra Pradesh with Rs. 2/- a kilo rice by N. T. Rama Rao, free TV in Tamil Nadu, Free electricity to farmers in Punjab, Laptops and cycles in U.P., Rajasthan and so on. Now Delhi Government with 700 litres free water to every family per day raises following questions:

·         Is there enough water to meet the demand?
·         Will it not make people to look for free instead of earning?
·         Will it not encourage wasting of water?
·     Will it not encourage people to migrate to Delhi from the areas, where   they have to fetch water from 4-5 kms?
·        Will it not lead to more unequal distribution?
·    Will it not jeopardise future development work on laying new lines and   sewage treatment?
·      Will it really help the poor needy as presently metered water is supplied to rich localities?
·       Will it not encourage people to have more than one connection to take the benefits?


There are many more questions can be raised but this is the first time in our politics that natural resources are being used to garner the support of people. As environmentalist I will treat it a type of corruption with Natural Resources.  So we must think for future, otherwise future will not forgive us.  

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