Water for all on eve of polls

Water for all on eve of polls

Mumbai - In the wake of the BMC elections, all parties seem to be in a generous mood. Unsurprisingly, a new water policy was unanimously passed in the general body meeting of the BMC on Monday. In 2012, the Pani Haq Samiti had filed a public interest litigation in the Mumbai High court that slums that had come up after 2000 should also get municipal water supply. The court had replied saying this was the government's responsibility and ordered that illegal slums should be charged more that legal slums for water supply. The BMC has now drafted the policy in accordance with the high court order. It has installed water pipelines where it was necessary and has, at the same time, it has clarified that if the water pressure is not adequate, water connections will not be provided.This policy has been passed unanimously in the meeting.

The BMC hopes the move will help curb water thefts.

Policy highlights -

-A group of 5 shanties will get one connection

-One secretary per group can apply

-Aadhar card or ration card mandatory

-Water connection is not a guarantee of legal status

-Slums on footpath, private land, or those prohibited by the court are not eligible

-NOC from Centre is mandatory for slums built on central government land

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