WORLD BANK ATTEMPT TO PRIVATISE MUMBAI'S WATER RUNS AGROUND: CITIZENS REJECT REPORT

Afsar Jafri*

On 3rd June, the
Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) held a stakeholders
meeting in which the New Zealand based consultant group Castalia
(hired by the World Bank and the Public Private Infrastructure
Advisory Facility) to conduct a study in the K-east ward of Mumbai,
presented their findings and recommendations after a year-long study,
for the Water Distribution Improvement Programme (WDIP). The meeting
was attended by the MCGM Labour Union, K-east ward residents,
activists, experts in water management and a few elected
representatives. Shyamal Sarkar of the World Bank (WB) and Bhavna
Bhatia of the PPIAF were special invitees. The presence of the
citizens, labour unions and activists proved disastrous for Castalia
and the World Bank. Both organisations were exposed for presenting a
report based on inflated data in order to push through water
privatisation.

Originally from Focus on the Global South on June 10, 2007, 8:57pm

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