Members of the People's Campaign for Right to Water (Karnataka) on Thursday symbolically immersed copies of the National Water Policy 2012 and the Karnataka Urban Drinking Water and Sanitation Policy 2003 in a mock well created for the purpose. They alleged that the two policies are aimed at promoting privatisation of water supply.
The event, organised to mark World Water Day, was held in front of Town Hall in the city.
Freedom fighter H.S. Doreswamy and writer and former Minister B.T. Lalitha Naik, who spoke on the politics of water privatisation, demanded that all forms of water privatisation be banned.
They alleged that both the Central and State governments, though ruled by opposing political parties, were working in tandem to unleash plans of water privatisation on the people. “Both these parties have a common vision of reducing the government into a regulating agency and handover our water to private companies,” Ms. Naik said.
She pointed out that private companies had failed to meet even the basic standards of quality and equity in water supply in Mysore, Hubli-Dharwad, Gulbarga and Belgaum, where water has already been privatised.
The activists, who formed a human chain around the mock well, also sang songs on water rights. Shouting slogans against the government, they appealed to people to unite to oppose the water policy.
Members of Young Men's Christian Association's (YMCA) Save Bangalore Movement observed the day based on the theme ‘Conserve to Survive' near Mahatma Gandhi Statue on M.G. Road.