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I do not know if there are major efforts to improve the access to
"drinking" water in India, though one sees efforts to supply water to the
people, especially the rural ones.
Not long ago there was a news item in the local paper that the tap
water (which people suppose to be potable) supplied by the municipality of
Mysore was highly and dangerously contaminated and that people should
boil it to avoid falling a prey to cholera, typhoid etc. I do not know how
many people saw that news. What is the position of a poor slum dweller who
does not have additional means to boil the tap water ?
Even the medical college hostel at Mysore has a poor quality water
supply. There are frequent reports of students falling sick with
When such is the state of affairs, how can one expect fall in
mortality and mordbidity due to water borne illness? This is coupled with
under reporting of cases. As a country we should be ashamed of this state