Right to drinking water is constitutional right

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The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday directed the state government to list out steps taken by it to provide drinking water to two talukas in Bidrai district.

The division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice H T Narendra Prasad said that “Right to have drinking water is a part of Right guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution of India.”

The bench was hearing a petition filed by one Gurunath Vade who claimed that residents of Aurad (B) and Kamalnagar Taluka in Bidar district are facing severe drinking water shortage.

The counsel for the state argued that it would have to be a policy decision which needs to be taken by the government as the laying of pipe line would require a huge investment.

It was also pointed to the court that water is being provided through tankers and bore wells, thus there is no acute scarcity (Excerpts from Live Law)

Dr KK Aggarwal

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