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  • India's urban infra, a Rs 73 lakh cr opportunity for private sector

    Stating that 50 per cent of urban households still do not have water connections across India and only 69 lpcd of water was being supplied in urban areas as against the norm of 135 lpcd, Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu offered a Rs 73 lakh crore investment opportunity for private sector in coming years.

    Given the resource limitations of both Central and State Govts, private sector investments and PPPs are the chief instruments of resource mobilization to build the much needed urban infrastructure, said Naidu.

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  • India rolls out hybrid annuity-based PPP model for Ganga projects

    In a major paradigm shift in its approach to undertake projects through the public private partnership (PPP) route under the Namami Gange Programme, the Centre has approved a hybrid annuity-based model.

    The major policy initiative has been taken to bring about much-needed reforms in the wastewater sector in India and have faster implementation of projects. The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved the proposal for taking up the hybrid annuity-based model, which was proposed by the Union Water Resources Ministry.

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  • Over 36 mn Indians at risk due to unsafe drinking water

    The Indian Govt said as many as 3.6 crore people living in more than 63,000 rural habitations across the country stand exposed to health hazards due to drinking water quality problems. Out of all those affected by water-borne diseases annually, 1.5 million children die due to diarrhoea alone.

    Most of these people are exposed to excess arsenic, fluoride, iron, salinity or nitrate in drinking water available to them. Of the 63,000 rural habitations, 1,318 rural habitations are arsenic-affected.

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  • Centre clears AMRUT plans for 474 cities, Rs 19170-cr project outlay

    The Union Urban Development Ministry has approved city-level action plans for improving basic urban infrastructure in 474 cities in 18 states and UTs with an investment of Rs 19,170 crore under the Atal Mission for Urban Rejuvenation and Transformation for 2015-16.

    Under the Atal Mission, 497 cities were identified. City level plans of only 23 mission cities, in Delhi, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and North-Eastern states are still to be approved. About 90 per cent of the approved expenditure will be directed towards improvement in water supply and sewerage infrastructure.

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  • India has longest lines for toilets, most open defecation

    A little more than an year after the BJP Government launched the Swachh Bharat Mission to achieve universal sanitation across India, a new report by international charity WaterAid shows how arduous the task if going to be in the country.

    India tops two lists - 'Top 10 places with longest lines for toilets' and 'Most people defecating in the open, per square kilometer'. With over a billion people, it has highest number of people waiting for sanitation, 774 mn, besides most people per square kilometre practising open defecation - 173 mn.

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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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