Sunday, December 31, 2006

Privatisation of Drinking Water System

THE BJP government in Gujarat has, it seems, decided to privatise the drinking water distribution system in entire Gujarat. 


In fact, all the concerned officials and others have been alerted to remain prepared for it. They want to keep the people in dark on this issue and suddenly embark upon water supply privatisation silently. 


Four main districts selected for such sudden introduction of water privatisation are Bhavnagar, Jamnagar, Surat and Kutch.


Drinking water distributions privatisation is being suddenly taken up in the background of the idea of developing a total of 33 special economic zones (SEZs), 8 of which have already been sanctioned.


One of these SEZs to come into existence will be in Jamnagar with its hinterland, covering ten thousand acres, under the joint tutelage of Reliance and a giant multinational. One so-called Gujarat Water Infrastructure Development Company (GWIDC) had prepared a proposal and plan for Maliya Kutch area, for water distribution from Bhachau (Kutch) to Maliya. The people's guess is that the said proposal has already been sanctioned.



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