A few thousand years ago, India’s Harappan Civilisation was renowned for its advanced town planning, reservoirs and drainage system – when the rest of the world was still in the infancy of water management. Today, India’s urban water infrastructure is in such a state of deterioration and disarray that it has the ignominy of being one of the few countries where not even one city has 24/7 water supply.
Indian cities such as Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad have water supplies for less than 8-10 hours a day. Yet, there is no dearth of examples of Asian cities with 24/7 water supply, some of those that come to mind are: Beijing, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Male, Phnom Penh, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tashkent and Vientiane. Continue reading