Vice-President for water pricing for different users
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Last Updated: Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 18:29
New Delhi: Vice-President Hamid Ansari on Wednesday batted for water pricing for different users and supported the idea of penalising those who pollute the country's water resources.

"If nations and people ration the use of water for industrial purposes or change the pricing for such use, there would be significant changes in business environment," Ansari said.

The Vice-President also quoted from the action points mooted in the National Water Mission which include creation of a "system of penalties for polluting surface and ground water resources".

He was delivering the inaugural address at the 'India Water Forum 2011' here.

Ansari said "water stress" and scarcity would have a significant impact on the prospects of Indian companies operating in various sectors.

"Regulators, investors and citizens alike must demand corporate water disclosure, including plans and policies for water consumption, use and disposal and whether environmental concerns have been addressed," he said.

Speaking on the occasion, Water Resources Minister Salman Khurshid said a fresh law could give the Centre a "larger area" of inter-state management of water resources.

He said under the present system, the Centre's role was limited to conflict management between various states.

The minister said "intra-state transmission" could help water scarce areas get their due from areas which have water to spare.

But at the same time, he admitted that the plan was facing difficulty as areas with water to spare do not acknowledge this perhaps with the fear of having to share it with others.

He also suggested that states should go for crops which require less water.

Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah lamented that there was no accountability for water wastage in the country.

Saving water should become a habit for all individuals, he said while expressing the hope that renewable energy could make a difference in the near future to help implement water saving schemes.


First Published: Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 18:29

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