Union Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Saturday released the much-awaited report of the study of samples of drinking water taken from 20 States across the country, including Delhi, and the quality was found to be the worst in the national capital and the capital of West Bengal, Kolkata.
When samples were taken from 11 places in Delhi and tested at BSI’s lab last month, it was found that water at some places failed on 12, 13 and 14 counts out of 42 standards. At that time the Union minister had said that the final test report of these samples was expected within a month.
The drinking water supplied to residents of Mumbai was found to be of the best quality. The rest of the ranking of State capitals follows.
Potable drinking water ranking of capitals
The minister said that the Union government surveyed the entire country only for Delhi after convening a meeting with the Bureau of Indian Standards (BSI).
Paswan said that the poor quality of drinking water and pollution were the two greatest problems today. “Our aim is not to blame a government or do politics. As long as we have a ministry, people should have a system to access clean drinking water. If any State government wants help, we are ready to help,” the minister said.
Paswan said that the tests would be conducted in three phases. In the first phase, samples of all the capitals were examined. In the second phase, smart city samples will be tested. In the third phase, samples will be tested in all districts.
The minister said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that the government would provide clean water to every house by 2024. “Our government is working in this direction,” he said.
The Union minister said that the report has revealed that the water in Delhi is bad. “We are not blaming any government, but the Delhi government should understand that we are not doing politics on this issue, rather our aim is to provide clean water to the people,” Paswan said.
After the BSI found from the initial samples of drinking water from Delhi failing its quality tests last month, Paswan had said that Prime Minister Modi aimed to provide drinking water to every household in the country and provide them with clean and pure water by 2024. “In view of this, the purity of drinking water is being investigated in the cities covered under the scheme of 100 smart cities, including the capital of all the States of the country,” he had said.