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Delhi's poor water quality needs urgent solutions

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Delhi Water crisis | BIS | Bureau of Indian Standards

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Indian politicians have an uncanny knack of turning the hardships they foster on electorates into political issues that preclude problem solving. The recent (BIS) report revealing the abysmal quality of Delhi’s drinking water has sparked just such a political controversy and has diverted attention from the search for solutions. Last week, the report showed that the National Capital Territory’s (which is Delhi’s) tap water was the most unsafe among 21 state capitals. The state failed on all 19 parameters, with Mumbai (no failure), Bhubaneshwar (one failure), and Hyderabad (one failure) coming up trumps. For any responsible state administration, the report should have encouraged some serious introspection. It certainly reflects poorly on the ruling (AAP). The report is particularly embarrassing for because it discredits Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s controversial 2015 move to distribute water free or at hugely subsidised rates — which prompted the resignation of at least one senior bureaucrat in protest — and the matter was compounded by mandating a wholesale waiver of water dues earlier this year.

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First Published: Tue, November 19 2019. 23:59 IST

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