Left Parties Oppose Water Privatization
Hindustan Times
September 25, 2005

New Delhi: The Left parties have sought the intervention of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to stop the proposed move to privatise water supply in the capital under "pressures from World Bank" saying it will result in hike in tariffs.

In a letter to Singh, they said "the experience of implementing such World Bank dictated privatisation of water supply around the world has seen huge increases in tariffs and deprivation of water for the poorer sections".

They said the project has raised a number of questions which have not been satisfactorily answered by the Delhi government or the Jal Board.

Alleging that the terms and conditions associated with the credit money given by the World Bank are "onerous and one-sided", they demanded immediate withdrawal of the loan application.

The letter signed by CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat, CPI General Secretary A B Bardhan, AIFB General Secretary Debabrata Biswas and RSP leader Abani Roy said "after wide discussions it will be possible to ensure a public water utility which is both efficient and accountable".

The Delhi Jal Board is undertaking a 'Delhi Water Supply Sewarage project' partly funded by the World Bank which will lead to 21 zones of the Jal Board being handed over to various private companies.

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