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February 22, 2018

Give people at least drinkable water, refrain from serving contaminated water: Delhi HC to Railways


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On February 19, the Delhi High Court the Indian Railways to refrain from giving contaminated water to its passengers. Highlighting that getting clean and drinkable water is the Fundamental Right of an individual, the importance of the right to clean water.

As per Article 21 of the Constitution, Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C. Hari Shankar said, “We want you to give people at least drinkable water”.

The bench further added that people would not be reading the Railway’s affidavits filed in the court on the steps they propose to take to provide clean water and advised that the officials and the counsel for the Railways should start the work from any one station as a pilot project.

"People of this country are entitled under the law to get clean water," the bench said and asked the authorities to file their action plan positively by April 12.

The court was hearing a PIL by NGO Centre for Public Interest Litigation, which has sought "an independent and preferably court-monitored probe into the neglect of the quality of the drinking water supply and the manipulations in the award of contracts for supply of chlorination plants for past several years".

Asserting that since past many years the Indian Railways have been disregarding the quality of the water provided to the passengers and hence it is high time that the railways serve fresh and clean water to the passengers.

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