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  • Water scarcity to hit global economic growth, warns World Bank

    At a time when India is struggling with a water crisis that has hit agriculture activity and even power and industrial production, the World Bank has said that growing water scarcity could hit gross domestic product (GDP) of several countries.

    Growing water scarcity due to population increases, rising incomes and expanding cities, exacerbated by the effects of climate change, could cost some regions of the world up to six per cent of their GDP in the next few decades, the World Bank said in a recent report.

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  • India needs multidisciplinary approach to water management: President

    President Pranab Mukherjee has called for undertaking a multi-disciplinary approach to water management in the country, but stated that any strategy for efficient water management would remain incomplete without the active involvement of the community.

    The participation of the end-user is not only a necessity for successful implementation of the various schemes undertaken by Govt, but it should be a development objective in itself, said Mukherjee at the valedictory function of 4th India Water Week-2016 that concluded on April 8 in New Delhi.

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  • Poor in India, elsewhere paying the most for water access

    The poorest people in the world are paying the most for water. In India, the poor people at times spend as much as 17 per cent of their daily income for water supply, a new report by international charity WaterAid has said.

    India topped the list of countries with the greatest number of people -- 75.8 million, or 5% of the population -- lacking access to safe water. Poor management of water resources is the biggest problem in India, the report, released on World Water Day on March 22, added.

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  • India moves to set up Ganga STPs on hybrid-annuity PPP model

    The Indian Government has stepped up efforts to create additional sewage treatment infrastructure in the Ganga basin states in a bid to clean the river, ensuring that the private sector is carried along the way through an attractive scheme that would make projects bankable and viable.

    The Government is looking to take up as many as 30 projects for setting up new sewage treatment plants by May 2016. Also, a SPV for Namami Gange Progamme will be set up by next month.

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  • Global water scarcity worse than thought; crisis acutest in India, China

    Globally many more people are affected by water scarcity. More than previously thought. New analysis by researchers in the Netherlands has painted a sobering picture of the water crisis looming over our heads. India and China are the worst hit as they make up a sizeable part of humanity.

    Researchers found that over 4 billion people -- some two-thirds of the world’s population -- face water scarcity for at least one month every year. Nearly half of those people live in India and China.

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FROM GREECE TO INDIA, PEOPLE SAFEGUARD WATER FOR THE COMMON GOOD

The successes in Greece and Indonesia demonstrate civil society wants to keep water in public hands. And yet the World Bank continues its dogmatic promotion of privatization.

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Degrees of Thirst: The World’s Water Supply

It’s no secret that there is a water crisis in many developing countries around the world. Many people everyday go without clean water. More people have access to a mobile phone than they do to a toilet.

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