India – Gandhinagar: 80% urban population hit by water scarcity. – Rajkot: Congress leaders have double standards over water crisis

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Article courtesy of timesofindia | August 3, 2012 | Shared as educational material only

TNN | Aug 3, 2012, 11.20PM IST /GANDHINAGAR: Gujarat government has told Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar that out of a total urban population of 2.57 crores of the state, “nearly 2 crore people, that is 80 per cent of the urban population, are likely to be adversely affected from the drinking water perspective.”

Making a presentation before Pawar and his team, state officials said of this, 1.60 crore population belong to the eight municipal corporations, while the rest, around 40 lakh, to 69 municipalities. The issue that need to be immediately addressed related to drilling of new tubewells, installing more hand pumps, laying down connecting pipelines and supply of water through tankers. Asking for Rs 287 crore for the municipal corporations and Rs 69 crore for municipalities for “short-term measures,” state government also wanted the Central team to make major relaxations to meet cost over-run in water-related projects taken up under Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme for Small and Medium Towns (UIDSSMT) under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM).

In the long run, the requirement would be to the tune of Rs 1,802 crore, the presentation said, adding, the amount is needed mainly for “strengthening of sources of drinking water, laying of additional pipelines, installation of pumping machinery and augmentation of treatment capacity.”

Pawar, it is learnt, told the government that his team is mandated to look into the requirements of the rural population alone, and not the urban population. “Urban areas should be taken care of the government,” he was quoted as telling the state team led by chief minister Narendra Modi.

India: Congress leaders have double standards over water crisis issue, says Rajkot mayor.

Article courtesy of Vijaysinh Parmar | August 4, 2012 | timesofindia | Shared as educational material only

The Rajkot city mayor Janak Kotak has accused the city congress leaders of having double standards over drinking water crisis in city. Kotak reacted to the protests carried out by congress leaders in Wankaner taluka of Rajkot district against the Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC)’s proposed plan to draw water through pipeline from a bore well in Wankaner taluka.

Wanaker taluka congress leaders have opposed the RMC’s plan to draw water for this year saying that it would dry up their critical resources.

“On the one side city congress leaders are crying foul over the drinking water crisis in Rajkot city and on the other hand, congress leaders in Wankaner are opposing our plan to provide drinking water to people in city. Due to rain deficiency, we have to look for various sources of drinking water around the city” Kotak said.

In order to provide drinking water throughout the year, RMC has recently imposed a water cut and now it provides water every alternate day.

RMC officials recently met state government officials demanding more Narmada water to Rajkot after August 30. Sources say that local drinking water sources like Aji, Nyari and Bhadar would dry up at the end of the August and thereafter, they have to depend only on Narmada water.

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