Why Safe Drinking Water Should Be At The Centre Of Public Health Policy In India

Republished from HuffPost India.

 

 

India, with the second largest population in the world, is staring at a major health hazard due to lack of poor drinking water and hygiene facilities. According to a report by Water Aid (2016), India has the highest number of people in the globe without access to safe drinking water.

 

In urban areas, the problem of poor drinking water and hygiene is only going to increase due to fast urbanisation and pollution. Substantiating this, Arvind Panagariya, the vice chairman of NITI Aayog has said that the country's urban population is expected to rise by 22 crores by 2031-32 to 60 crores, as against 37.7 crores in 2011.

 

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