THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Privatisation of water resources has been a failed model in various parts of the country, said Speaker G Karthikeyan. Inaugurating a discussion on privatisation of water resources organised by Nature Watch here on Monday, the Speaker said that the model was abandoned in several countries, including France and Germany, when they were found to be costly and inefficient.
The Speaker also urged the public to make an introspection into their commitment towards the preservation and conservation of water resources. “Wise use of water should begin from homes. Besides protests, the people should take the lead,” he said. Karthikeyan also said that the authorities should have a second thought on giving water to swimming pools in flats and for watering golf courses when the common man is denied uninterrupted supply of drinking water. Shuchithwa Mission director George Chakkacherry presented the topic. The Speaker also honoured Padma Shri J Hareendran Nair at the function. Nature Watch chairman and Nemom Block Panchayat president M Manikandan, Jalanidhi director S Ratheesh, KWA executive engineer Haris, Pradeep Narayan and Vinod T S spoke at the function.