LDF protests move to privatise drinking water sector

The Opposition LDF in Kerala has registered its strong protest against the move of the Congress-led UDF government.

Updated: May 07, 2013, 11:54 AM IST

Thiruvananthapuram: The Opposition LDF in Kerala has registered its strong protest against the move of the Congress-led UDF government to privatise drinking water sector with the formation of a company.

In a statement here, the LDF state committee said the government`s decision to form a company with private participation for drinking water supply was intended to make drinking water a private sector commodity and "sabotaged" the Kerala Water Supply Act passed in the Assembly in 1986.

A resolution adopted by the state committee said the policy would lead to hefty increase in water charges and disrupt the Kerala Water Authority`s scheme of free supply of water to BPL families through public taps.
The government`s proposal to introduce a regulatory authority to fix the price of water was aimed at bringing multi-national players into the water supply sector as per the policies of the Centre, the statement said.

PTI