ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Water Rights

C Ramachandraiah (February 24, 2001) has very pertinently put forth the issue of safe drinking water and the commercialisation of this basic commodity – abundantly available otherwise if judiciously harvested and equitably distributed – by the so-called business community. The issue should lead to a series of debates in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision, placing drinking water as a fundamental right. The growing politicians-industrialists-bureaucrat nexus in contravening the laws under Pollution Control Boards is playing havoc with lives of millions, on the one hand, and has forced people (those who can afford it) to buy bottled water, opening floodgates for making quick bucks from marketing the so-called mineral water. As a result, there has been a rush for launching a number of mineral water brands both, 'desi' as well as 'videsi'.

However, how safe actually is this bottled water? According to a research study by an Ahmedabad-based society some time back, except a few brands, the major brands could not conform to the legal standards prescribed for bottled water whether mineral bottled water or otherwise.

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