Wa­ter, Wa­ter Every­where...

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Apro­pos ‘At Present Level of Short­age, China Called it a Wa­ter Cri­sis’ (April 19), year af­ter year we face a wa­ter cri­sis. Why can’t the govern­ment make def­i­nite bud­getary al­lo­ca­tions for set­ting up de­sali­na­tion plants in var­i­ous re­gions? If Gulf coun­tries can achieve this, why can’t In­dia? The cost can be re­cov­ered by charg­ing ho­tels, com­mer­cial es­tab­lish­ments and res­i­den­tial town­ships on the wa­ter sup­plied to them. The govern­ment can in­cor­po­rate a navratna to spear­head th­ese projects. The cost would be far lower than the cost from loss of crops, pro­duc­tiv­ity and lives. This is as im­por­tant as the Ganga clean-up mis­sion.

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