OVER 400 MUNICIPALITIES NEED RS.7 LAKH CRORES FOR WATER TREATMENT BASED ON 2009-10 PRICE: MINISTRY OF WATER RESOURCES

OVER 400 MUNICIPALITIES NEED RS.7 LAKH CRORES FOR WATER TREATMENT BASED ON 2009-10 PRICE: MINISTRY OF WATER RESOURCES

OVER 400 MUNICIPALITIES NEED RS.7 LAKH CRORES FOR WATER TREATMENT BASED ON 2009-10 PRICE: MINISTRY OF WATER RESOURCES

 

No.PR-189
February 10, 2016
New Delhi
 

OVER 400 MUNICIPALITIES NEED RS.7 LAKH CRORES FOR WATER TREATMENT BASED ON 2009-10 PRICE:  MINISTRY OF WATER RESOURCES
 

Over 400 municipalities in the 1st and 2nd class  cities across India conservatively require close to Rs.7 Lakh crores of money to recycle their municipal water and waste to convert it  for suitable mass consumption and that the government of the day needs to revisit the innumerable water related laws by putting in place Water Framework Directives on patterns of EU to enable Indians drink pure water and put a stop to dreaded diseases such as cancer that arise out of contaminated water,  cautioned Additional Secretary and Mission Director Ministry of Water Resources , River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Mr Nikhilesh Jha.
 

Inaugurating a Conference on ‘’ Emerging Smart Solutions in Water and Sanitation” under aegis of the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry here today which was presided over by its president Dr Mahesh Gupta  here today, Mr Jha said “the latest figure obtained by him from the ministry of Urban Development suggests that over 400 registered municipalities with the government in India at price level of 2009-2010, conservatively need Rs.7 lakh crores of investment to enable these, properly recycle their waste water. Most of such corporations are highly stressed and impaired to generate such an amount, fresh estimates of which must multiply in much more amount.  It is because of this reason, the water supplies in all of our municipal corporations for drinking and flushing purpose stay put substandard with no proper plans on paper to improve on the menace.  As a result, water prone dieses are multiplying in India without any proper check on them”, he said.
 

“The Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act 1974 has lost its relevance as on date to cater to the emerging requirements of water pollution of the day and even institutions created out of the Act do not have sufficient teeth to curb the ongoing menace of increasing water pollution and contamination and, therefore, the government of the day need to urgently revisit and replacing them with modern laws with due endorsement from the states as water is a state subject.  Punjab for example has subsidized power to an extent that there is no control on its farmers to dig out ground water not only from within its geographical boundaries but making inroads in ground water tables of neighbouring states such as Haryana, Himachal and even Rajasthan”, said Mr. Jha pointing out that such practice should come to halt.
 

According to him, India should also evolve water framework directives on lines of EU so that misuse and misappropriation of water in any form is prevented in India also.
 

Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador, Embassy and Consulates of Belgium, Mr. Jan Luykx offered his country’s expertise for water sanitation and desalination projects in India to enable it supply pure water for drinking purpose to its masses.
 

According to him, Belgium 20 years ago faced similar challenges on the water sector as India has begun to face now and subsequently evolved technologies to successfully tackle the menace.  Such technologies can be transferred to India to purify its water through bilateral arrangements.
 

President, PHD Chamber, Dr. Mahesh Gupta proposed that municipalities across the country should lay out double pipelines for water supplies for domestic use one for drinking purpose and the other one for flushing, bathing and other uses.
 

Director, PHD Chamber, Dr. Ranjeet Mehta in his vote of thanks said that the Chamber would effectively take up the water related issues with the centre and states so that water scarcity is prevented for its mass utilisation.
 

Ends.

Koteshwar Prasad Dobhal
Consultant (PR)