CII urges water regulatory authority

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Bangalore, Mar 7 (UNI) Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Karantaka, today urged the state government to constitute an Urban Water Regulatory Authority to oversee the fairness in pricing, distribution and supply of water to the public.

Speaking on the occasion of the CII Karnataka Annual Members Day here, CII Chairman (Southern Region) Mr Pradipta K Mohapatra said they had submitted a memorandum to Chief Secretary Sudhakar Rao demanding the need for constituting a regulatory authority on water supply services.

The memorandum also urged the state government to come out with a Public Private Participation (PPP) model in Water Supply Management.

It also demanded a madatory provision for water audit in the supply of water for public consumption and industrial purposes.

The policy should also have a provision to encourage compulsory rainwater harvesting and its proper usages and introduction of incentives for rainwater harvesting, he said.

Meanwhile, responding to the demands of the CII, Chief Secretary said the state government was evolving a policy and contemplating to constitute a water management council, which would also function as a regulatory body for pricing.

The government was also encouraging PPP in the management of the supply of water both to urban and rural areas, he said.

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