In Search of Alternatives
- The situation in Chennai is not unique. A similar scenario of shortages and acute crisis during the summer months is common to other cities of India.
- The shortage in municipal water is increasingly being filled by an expansion of private companies who are selling water for profit.
- A shortage of municipal water is often taken as a sign of failure of the government.
Consider the following facts:
- Throughout the world, water supply is a function of the government. There are very few instances of private water supply.
- There are areas in the world where public water supply has achieved universal access.
- Within India, there are cases of success in government water departments, though these are few in number and limited to certain areas of their work.
- Public facilities relate to our basic needs and the Indian Constitution recognises the right to water, heath, education etc as being a part of the Right to Life.
- There is a shortage in supply and there are inequalities in distribution.