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KCR’s free water sop a cynical pre-poll move. Politicians must first deliver and then seek votes

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Telangana CM K. Chandrashekhar Rao’s announcement of free water supply in Hyderabad ahead of local polls is another example of cynical politicians making freebies a staple in elections. Politicians must deliver civic infrastructure in cities and seek votes on execution, not sops. The spectre of urban blight is too real.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Social media should remain a lively, irreverent, iconoclastic space. The only exception I can think of is the ugly threatening messages women – especially journalists – receive. These should be scrubbed clean by the platforms, with their own monitoring and promptly when complaints are received. In a few high profile cases, the police should step in, to act as a deterrent. 2. Mrs Gandhi told K Natwar Singh, when he joined politics, that more than a wardrobe of khadi, he needed to grow a thick skin. That is good advice for governments all over the country. 3. Police ko aaj kal kuchh zyaada hi free hand diya jaa raha hai. A touch of arthritis would be welcome.

  2. All municipal bodies in India need to be making large, long term investments in augmenting water supply. To provide for growing populations and higher per capita consumption. There is in some cases an unsustainable reliance on ground water. Coastal cities will need to set up expensive desalination plants. Also a need to recycle waste water. Providing water free of cost undermines these efforts. In distant suburbs like Nalla Sopara, barely middle class families rely on costly tanker supply. None of them would mind paying reasonable rates for reliable, metered water supply. The citizens of Delhi and Hyderabad are not indigent to require free water supply.

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