India, Maharashtra: surcharge on mineral water to pay for rural water supply
Updated - Friday 23 July 2010
Maharashtra hopes to generate an extra US$ 171 million to improve rural water supply through a one Rupee [2 US dollar cents] surcharge on bottled mineral water. The state also plans to replace public water taps in the slums of its capital Mumbai by safer bottled water. The plans were presented by Maharashtra’s water supply and sanitation minister Laxman Dhobale.
The surcharge will be used to set up a laboratory for monitoring water quality and to install water treatment equipment for rural areas. Dhobale said he would present the proposal in a Cabinet meeting within two months.
Another plan presented by the water minister involved replacing public taps in slums with bottled water. Slum dwellers in Mumbai would have to purchase drinking water at Rs 5 [11 US dollar cents] for a 20-litre can, which is 25 times more than the current municipal water rate of Rs10 [21 US dollar cents] per 1,000 litres.
Related web site: Maharashtra - Water Supply and Sanitation Department
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