NO PRIVATIZATION OF WATER IN DELHI SAYS, CHIEF MINISTER, ARVIND KEJRIWAL

NO PRIVATIZATION OF WATER IN DELHI SAYS, CHIEF MINISTER, SH. ARVIND KEJRIWAL

  • Delhi Jal Board conducts a consultative workshop to discuss the Draft Water Policy Document with various stakeholders
  • The Hon’ble CM, Delhi stresses upon the need of Delhi to be self reliant in terms of water
  • The Hon’ble CM, Delhi focused on non-privatization, efficient water management, recycling, rainwater harvesting, and decentralization
  •  CM pushes need for transformative Yamuna plan, better water pricing and shift away from high-cost projects
  •   Chairman, Delhi Jal Board, Sh. Kapil Mishra stresses on need for people-oriented planning and comprehensive approach to water, wastewater and sewage
  • Focus of the Water Policy is on wastewater management, recycling and reuse of water
  • The draft policy is currently under review with experts to be thrown open to the public for their suggestions

Delhi Jal Board  conducts a consultativeworkshop to discuss its Draft Water Policy Document with various stakeholders on 10.09.2015 at the Delhi Secretariat. The workshop was chaired by the Hon’ble CM of Delhi, Sh. Arvind Kejriwal. The Minister for Water and Chairperson of the Delhi Jal Board, Sh. Kapil Mishra, the Vice Chairperson, DJB, Sh. Dinesh Mohania, Chief Secretary, Delhi Govt. Sh. K. K. Sharma, Principal Secretary, Urban Development, Sh. Chetan Sanghi and CEO, DJB, Sh. S. S. Yadav, members from civil society, water activists, NGOs working in the water sector and other water technology experts were also present on this occasion.

During the workshop, the Hon’ble Chief Minister, Delhi, Sh. Arvind Kejriwal addressed the gathering and stated , “The Delhi Jal Board, in the last six months, under the leadership of Sh. Kapil Mishra and our best officers has been performing phenomenally, achieving several milestones along the way. However, the challenges remain. I have a few suggestions to experts at this conference which I hope you will keep in mind during your deliberations.
1.      We are opposed to the privatization of water which leads to cronyism and corruption. Along with education and health, water is a lifeline necessity which the government should provide to its citizens as a right. Government’s governance and management needs to be of the highest quality.
2.      As population increases, there will be a huge burden on Delhi to provide water to more citizens with the same input. Since Delhi has no water of its own and has little cooperation from states like Haryana, we have to ensure that we are self-reliant.
3.      Rainwater harvesting needs to be promoted on a large-scale with a proper incentive and disincentive structure created
4.     There is no water plan without the rejuvenation of Yamuna combined with the reuse and beautification of Baolis.
5.    Water recycling and management needs to be properly designed.
6.    There is a need to promote new initiatives like the Jan Jal Prabandhan Yojana to ensure that decentralized community ownership and leadership of water projects becomes the norm and not the exception.
7.    We also need to think about how we can shift from high-cost projects to decentralized small projects that impact people’s lives.
8.    Water pricing needs to be properly thought through along with the implications of all financial models that DJB needs to pursue.
9.     It is also important that draft model water policy has broad contours that define the government’s vision and is flexible for the government to pursue new and innovative water-related projects.
10.  The focus of water policy and government’s work in water can’t be just about making people drink water. It has to be a comprehensive and unifying draft water policy for Delhi’s citizens and should talk about wastewater management, recycling and reuse of water.”

Talking about the essentials of the Water Policy needed by Delhi, Minister for Water and Chairperson Delhi Jal Board, Sh. Kapil Mishra said, “Delhi requires a draft water policy to ensure that we have a comprehensive and unifying approach for water in Delhi. While the achievements in the water sector are many, it is necessary to ensure that we cover every household and person in Delhi, and till that day comes, the mission of the Delhi Jal Board doesn’t end. 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 organization and distribution, proper water accounting and incentivization to use water-efficient devices and reduction in usage of water. As we know Delhi’s model in any sector is replicated across the country, it is necessary that we create a robust and comprehensive plan. Our water policy will be used as a standard in every Indian city and state. Thus, we will work to ensure that our CM Arvind Kejriwal ji’s vision turns to reality.”

In order to invite suggestions, ideas and inputs from the various stakeholders including citizens of Delhi , Delhi Jal Board has made the Draft Water Policy document of the Board available on its website at http://www.delhi.gov.in/wps/wcm/connect/f91b008046c5ef03bddbfd7d994b04ce/Draft_Water_Policy_for_Delhi.pdf?MOD=AJPERES&lmod=-311071680 This has been done to ensure that the Water Policy of Delhi defines the complexities of the water scenario in the capital and serves as a roadmap to provide innovative solutions to the emerging water issues.