Groundwater is one of the important natural resources of water and India is the largest user of groundwater. But, people often take groundwater for granted. Groundwater over-exploitation is one of the biggest issues of concern in India. So, our government is coming up with scheme called the Atal Bhujal Yojana(ABY) of Rs 6,000-crore to tackle with this problem.
This scheme will be launched in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Haryana, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. Akhil Kumar, the joint secretary in charge of groundwater in the water ministry said that, this scheme will be for five years.
The money will be given to the states in two parts; the 50% of the money will be given to states along with the grampanchayat as an incentive for groundwater management to encourage active participation of communities with an aim to bring in a concept of self-regulation and the other 50% money for strengthening institutional arrangements such as providing a strong database and scientific approach for accomplishment of sustainable management of groundwater. The senior ministry official said that, the state that will put more efforts for groundwater augmentation will get more incentive.
The competition in the water business is increasing day by day. According to news article in the Daily Hunt Newspaper, in the meeting of the Packaged Drinking Water Plant owners in Kerala, owners have decided to reduce the price of the Packaged Drinking Water from Rs 20 to Rs 10. But, the joint organization of water bottling companies will take the final decision after discussing this plan with the government.
The water plant companies’ intention is to decrease the price after bringing the packaged drinking water under essential commodities and also have aim to increase sell of their water bottles and to counter challenge corporate companies. The companies also requested the government to decrease the tax for water bottles accordingly. According to the latest report, around 105 companies in Kerala have come to a decision of reducing a price but when the new price will come into force is not decided yet.
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According to the news article in Tribune India, health officials in the Amritsar have sealed two Illegal Packaged Drinking Water Plants which are running without licenses. District Health Officer Dr. Lakhbir Singh Baghowalia said that, samples of water collected from these two plants were tested in the lab and it is found that, the water is not safe for the human consumption. So, based on this reports, the department will file a court case against these illegal water plants.
He further said that, some of the firms were selling water coolers. The Municipal Corporation (MC) should test the quality of water samples supplied from the water coolers and take action against the firms whose water samples are not safe and pure. He further added that, the people should check the license number of the manufacturer before buying any Packaged Drinking Water.
As the demand for Packaged Drinking Water is increasing day by day, many illegal water plants are supplying unsafe water to people. In review meeting, held at Deputy Commissioner’s house, it is revealed that many unauthorized water plants were supplying non-potable Packaged Drinking Water in Mysore.
Officials told to the Deputy Commissioner that, many unauthorized water plants are running illegally and supplying untreated borewell water and municipal tap water as pure water to people. According to latest statistics, only 21 water plants in Mysore city and 10 water plants in district are legal.
DC told to the officials to form a raiding team and to take a stringent action against unauthorized packaged drinking water units. DC said that, the permission will be given to the water plants which are strictly following Food Safety and Standards Authority (FSSAI) guidelines.
Our lives are surrounded with Plastic and it seems very difficult to manage our day to day life without plastic. But, plastic garbage is creating huge pollution and damaging our ecosystem rapidly as plastic waste cannot be completely biodegrade. Most of the municipal government can recycle only few type of plastic.
As per the news article in the News18.com, The union environment ministry said that, according the survey by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), India produces around 25,940 tonnes of plastic waste per day. Plastic waste is a serious and major issue of concern in India. Further ministry also added that the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016 put the responsibility of plastic waste management on the water generators, local bodies, gram panchayats, waste generators, retailers, street vendors and on producers, importers and brand owners.
Govt. is basically taking efforts on to reuse and recycle of plastic waste. One of the popular solutions is to use plastic waste for constructing roads announced by the Maharashtra Govt., which was later implemented by the other cities.
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The demand of Packaged Drinking Water is increasing at an alarming level in the country. Taking the advantage of this situation many unlicensed water plants are selling unsafe and unsealed water, which can cause several health hazards to people. The government will soon bring a law to stop the sale of the unsealed water.
Mr. Girish Bapat, food and civil supplies minister said that, they have registered around 80 cases against the suppliers of unsealed water in Nagpur and now the center has ordered them to stop the sale of unsealed water on the basis of this upcoming new law. The law will come into action from January 1.
In Nagpur, many water plants are selling chilled water in unpackaged and unsealed containers. These units were found in unhygienic and unmonitored conditions and running without licenses from Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) or Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), which are mandatory for selling Packaged Drinking Water.
According to the recent reports, Government has sent notification to the Supreme Court that, charging Packaged Drinking Waterbottle above MRP in Hotels and restaurants was an offence under the Legal Metrology Act and it would attract monetary penalties and even jail terms. According to the news article in The Economic Times, dated on Dec 13, 2017, The Supreme Court has rejected this argument by the Govt. and allowed Hotels and Restaurants to sell Packaged Drinking Water bottle more than the maximum retail price (MRP).
The court in its judgment said that, there are lot of other services provided by the Hotels and Restaurants. Thus, they cannot come under Legal Metrology Act. This judgment of SC was based on the special leave petition filed by the FHRAI.
Mr. Garish Oberoi, president of the FHRAI, said that, People do not come to the Hotels just to buy Packaged Drinking WaterBottle. There are other costs too involved in the Bill and there is a service that is rendered. The Act cannot be applicable to them.
In Jalandhar, the Health Department has raided on illegal Packaged Drinking Water Units. In this raid, the Officers of the health department have cancelled the Bureau of Indian Standard (BIS) license of one of the Packaged Drinking Units.
The other three Packaged Drinking Water Units were running without having mandatory BIS and FSSAI license. So, the officers immediately issued a notice to the units to stop the production of the Packaged Drinking Water.
DHO Dr. Balwinder Singh said that, they have collected the samples of water from various Packaged Drinking Water units in the district and shall be sending written request to the food commissioner for the power to seal the unlicensed Packaged Drinking Water units.
As, after the declaration of the ban on plastic Packaged Drinking Water Bottles at govt. offices and hotels in Maharashtra, water bottle manufacturers have opposed this decision and experts also felt that the glass bottles are unsafe. Now, Maharashtra Govt. came up with the new solution for this ban.
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The state environment department has given 3-months ultimatum to the Plastic bottle manufacturers and mineral water firms to set up a reverse supply mechanism and recycling plants. And if, bottle manufacturers failed to implement this, then the ban on Packaged Drinking Water Bottleswill be enforced in the state.
State environment minister Ramdas Kadam said that, According to the Plastic Rules, 2016, manufacturers of plastic items have an extended responsibility of getting it back from the consumer. So, the manufacturers must adopt a buy-back mechanism and apply the reverse supply mechanism to collect the used plastic bottles back from the consumers. Further that, they have to recycle plastic bottles and re-manufacture them again.”
Further they added that, currently, there are around 1,200 unauthorizedPackaged Drinking Water Bottle units running in the state and a stringent action will be taken on them soon.
As per the news article in the ‘The Hindu’ Newspaper,Due to the increasing problem of shortage of Drinking Water in Palakkad, Kerala; many unlicensed Packaged Drinking Water units were flooding in the State. The seller of 20-litre cans taking the maximum advantage of this problem and many of them are selling unprocessed water in 20-litre cans.
Based on the received complaints about supply of unsafe drinking water, the food safety department started taking legal action against Packaged Drinking Water units supplying untreated water and two water bottling units were sealed by the officers. The concerned officials will raid on licensed units too and will take a strict action against the violators. Officials have started collecting the samples from water bottling units to check purity of the water. Food Safety Officer told that, selling of non-purified water not only violates the law but it can also cause many health hazards to the people.
The M. E. Muhammed, president of Kerala Bottled Water Manufacturers Association said that, currently, there are only 10 licensed water bottling units at present running in the district. It is mandatory to obtain the licenses from the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and FSSAI for every water bottling units. They must have their own in-house quality control labs and experts to check the quality of the water regularly.
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