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  • Bombay HC asks BMC to draw up policy on water for illegal slums

    The Bombay High Court has asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation to come up with a policy to ensure that water is provided to people living in the city's slum areas, saying that the civic agency was duty-bound to supply water to illegal slums as people living there had a right to get water under the Constitution.

    The Court directed BMC to formulate a policy by the end of February 2015 to provide water supply in some form to all persons occupying illegal hutments, but said the supply should be to those hutments erected before January 1, 2000.

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  • Water EPC companies still await acche din

    The general elections earlier this year may have helped lift investor sentiment and business confidence across industry sectors in India, but several infrastructure companies with a high exposure to water engineering and construction sector are feeling somewhat left out.

    Despite a decent order backlog, many of them have posted poor numbers in the first quarter ended June 2014. Some have even slipped, or remained in the red, hit by economic challenges and weaker than expected growth in overall infrastructure sector.

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  • Community-based water providers look for policy interventions

    Even as the Union Government steps up efforts to bring rural households closer to the piped water supply and provide them with improved and safe water sources, community safe water solutions (CSWS) operators in the country are asking for a combination of financial and policy interventions from the Government to help achieve sustainability of operations.

    Besides the Government, the CSWS, or community-based water providers, are also seeking support and action from other major stakeholders -- corporates and communities themselves, to expand their reach.

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  • 'World at risk of water insecurity as climate change unavoidable'

    The world is at increasing risk of water and food insecurity as some of the effects of climate change, like heat waves, may now be just unavoidable, a new report by the World Bank has warned.

    As the planet warms further, heat-waves and other weather extremes that today occur once in hundreds of years, if ever, would become the “new climate normal,” creating a world of increased risks and instability. The consequences for development would be severe as crop yields decline, water resources shift and sea-levels rise.

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  • Growing water risks can limit global business growth: CDP

    More than two-thirds of the Global 500 companies are facing substantive water risks. Even as some of the risks could pose threat to future growth, there is growing shareholders concern on the issue.

    According to the latest report released recently by international NGO CDP, 68 per cent of businesses report exposure to water risk which could generate a substantive change in their business, operations or revenue. Twenty-two per cent of companies anticipate that issues around water could limit the growth of their business.

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Interviews

IFC keen to further grow water portfolio in India

The water business is a priority area and the amount of investment would depend on availability of bankable projects, says IFC Head (Water Advisory, South Asia) Bastiaan Mohrmann.

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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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