Privatisation of water supply would lead to corruption and that’s why the AAP government was opposed to such a step, said Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday. “We are opposed to the privatisation of water supply, which leads to cronyism and corruption,” he said during a water policy workshop at the Secretariat.
The chief minister said that water, like education and health, was “a lifeline necessity”.
“The time has come to decide the work of the government and the private sector. The government has responsibilities like education, water and health which it cannot run away from. I am not saying that the government will not award any work to contractors. The government will continue giving some works on contractual basis, but the government should have ownership of water and its distribution,” said Kejriwal.
With increasing population and little cooperation from neighbouring states like Haryana, Delhi had to be self-reliant in the supply of water, said Kejriwal.
“Rainwater harvesting needs to be promoted on a large-scale with the creation of a proper incentive and disincentive structure. There is no water plan without the rejuvenation of Yamuna, combined with the reuse and beautification of Baolis (stepwells). A plan to recycle water and manage needs to be properly crafted,” he said.
Cabinet minister and Delhi Jal Board Chairman Kapil Mishra said, “We need better people-oriented planning as opposed to goal-oriented planning. The new water policy will have proper demand-side planning, supply side management, water audit of organisation and distribution, proper water accounting and incentivisation to use water-efficient devices and reduction in usage of water.”