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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Water crisis in Indore

Well newspaper headlines are screaming this. But this water is very murky because

1. The day election got over suddenly media woke up to reality of water shortage. During election time no one asked this question to politicians while everyone knows from July august itself that less rain this year will lead to a drought

2. During whole time leading to election and even before that focus of IDA, IMC and state government was on roads, roads and roads only. No one gave a rupee for water (apart from constructing overhead tanks ,which are useless without water). It seems construction of any sort is what politicians care about

3. I have always wondered how much decentralization in an administration is good. Obviously one can not decentralize defense or currency to local units but in this case I don't think even water should be transferred.
IMC invented a term on their own called 'water emergency'. there is no such term in statues even if it meant nay sincere effort or imposition of restriction of usage of water then it made sense but it was just gimmick

4. This is not first time we are facing water problem ,this has become an annual ritual still there is no mechanism to control digging of bore wells or before granting permission for a new building ( housing or otherwise) - to see whether local water tank can serve so many people or ground level is capable of taking additional load.In many areas old wells and bawadi have become dysfunctional due to digging of deep bore well in vicinity .
A clear case of suffering of many to convenience of few

5. There is ground water board on state level (http://cgwb.gov.in/NCR/GWmonitoring.htm) but their data is old ,stale , does not have required geographical resolution. e.g. no one knows how many bore wells or wells are there in city and what is their spatial distribution and usage pattern. No water map exist of city which real estate planners or normal public can refer to before embarking on construction.

6. digging of new bore wells and laying of new connections in in progress without any hiatus. A simple way is to ask all bore well diggers give info about their clients and all pipe sellers info about their sales destinations in last month. But everyone seems to enjoy a water crisis. Councilor gets huge ego massage when they direct tankers in lanes and distribute water forgetting they are legislatures not executive.

7. Now it has got political overtones also. Already one BJP councilor shot another for water and wonder of wonder police did not catch any of them. In one Muslim locality people from other area were attacked when they came to get water. I am sure more such things will follow

8. Areas like Niranjan pur and Kabeet kheri which have good water level are being exploited like there is no tomorrow nad no one seems to care

9. So called 'har khet main talab' scheme of Shivraj Singh has obviously failed and huge money siphoned in it. Rule about water harvesting being compulsory is also not being implemented.

10. To top it all Narmada 3 stage is behind schedule and no one seems in a mood to ask question to contractor or bureaucrats.

11. All ponds in city limit have got their channels blocked and are dying a slow death but interest of politicians of both parties in real estate prevent them from doing anything.

12. At last public is least interest in paying bill. IMC is not capable of monitoring or putting water meter on each tap. So on one hand you do not have water on other hand you can not recover dues for whatever water you are supplying.

13. And lastly a scam is waiting to be exposed.
Large number of private vehicles are being hired for water transportation on ad hoc basis and no one seems to know if leasing them or buying them is a good option.Is any tendering is being followed in renting tankers? are tankers actually owned by politicians and the are deciding in IMC to rent them? Who is allocating tanker to different areas and on what basis.

Did anyone say privatization of water supply

In this case at least I support it

1 comment:

  1. Hi Arohan,

    I find this post very interesting. Do you have any sources you are drawing on that I could look at? Thanks,

    Greg Pierce