NEW DELHI: Soon, you will have to pay for using drinking water for non-potable purpose with Water Ministry mulling a regulation whereby there will be differential pricing of ground water. According to government, initially it will be implemented in five Ganga basin states, which have already been informed of the plan.
“We have discussed with states to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to bring regulation in using fresh water for non- potable purpose. Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand are already on board on this and we will discuss with other states,” said Ministry Secretary Shashi Shekhar.
There is also a plan for differential pricing of ground water to create market for treated water with states.
He was addressing a conference on ‘Hybrid-Annuity based Public Private Partnership (PPP) Model for the Creation of Sewage Treatment Infrastructure under Namami Gange Programme. The Ministry is creating a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for the same.
“It has been decided that all Sewage Treatment Plants along the Ganga will be taken up in hybrid annuity mode only,” he said.