Karnataka plans to privatise water supply
By A Business Correspondent
The Karnataka government has prepared a blueprint for privatisation of water supply and collection of water charges in towns. The World Bank has given in-principle approval for the scheme, which would be sent to the state Cabinet for approval. Following this the scheme will be placed before the World Bank for its final approval.
Meanwhile, the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewage Board is expected to decide shortly on the privatisation of water supply in the city. Privatisation would include management of water supply system and improvement in supply by the private partner, while the Board would monitor the overall system. This plan would be for a period of five years only. The Board will enter into a service contract with the private party. BWSSB will control the entire system, despite privatisation, and the private contractor would be in charge of only distribution.