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Ecology in the Dham

hari bol prabhu,
i found a solution for sanitation and water crisis which can be implemented in vrindavan,mathura with initiative from senior devotees from iskcon.this article is writtenby US ambassador to india David mulford The hindu newspaper 22 march,06
On February 7 in Chennai the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister inaugurated a public-private partnership that is now providing water and sewerage services to thousands of Tirupur area residents. The project was initiated in the mid-1990s when the Tirupur Exporters Association recognised the need to improve the area’s infrastructure to remain competitive in the knitwear industry but did not have the resources to finance the project.
The solution was to establish the New Tirupur Area Development Corporation, Limited, a group of private and public entities, which became the first public-private partnership in the water and sanitation sector in South Asia operating on a Build-Own-Operate-Transfer (BOOT) basis. Today, thanks to this initiative, Tirupur residents receive water every day for 4-6 hours, as opposed to receiving water only on alternate days at the best of times prior to the project. Household water connections have increased by 8,000 and local industry now has a reliable source of water. One hundred per cent of new domestic users have paid for the water connections to access high quality water — the fee covers the capital costs of each new connection.
The Tirupur project is a great example of how private sector involvement in public service delivery can dramatically improve access to water and sanitation. In India, where about 13 per cent of the world’s population that is un-served for water and 43 per cent of the world’s population that is un-served for sanitation resides, such improvements show the way forward.
The Tirupur project illustrates convincingly that private sector participation can provide the necessary complement to government investments to make it happen. It also demonstrates that the private sector can provide important services to the poor — and at costs lower than those paid by so-called beneficiaries of government subsidies. With a focus on the poor from the outset, the public-private partnership in Tirupur covered the water and sanitation needs of the entire city population, including close to 80,000 slum residents. In India, virtually all water and waste water systems are currently managed by the public sector, and most fail to meet the needs of th

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