Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today confirmed that the state government has decided to privatise water treatment plants in the national capital.
"Privatisation of water distribution system is definitely necessary in Delhi. We want to replicate the same model in Delhi Jal Board that we have used in the privatisation of power distribution," said Dikshit.
The Planning Commission also in principle gave approval to the proposal.
With this move water in the national capital is going to be costlier. The chief minister has already advocated water fee hike before.
The Delhites are likely to pay nine times more than Mumbaikars for water. For the same amount of water, Mumbaikars will pay Rs 160 per month while their Delhi counterparts will pay a hefty Rs 960 a month.
The treatment plants in Mumbai are all government-run unlike in Delhi.
The municipality authority in Mumbai said that water is a sensitive issue and it is associated not only with necessity but also with security. Considering that aspect, there is no move for privatisation of water distribution in the country's business capital.
Opposing the move by the Congress government in Delhi, BJP leader VK Malhotra said, "This attempt was on for a long time. But it was delayed because of our opposition. Everything is given to the corporates to run them on behalf of the government. Why not give the government itself to the corporates?"