The government has been inviting corporates, both in the public and private sector, to ‘adopt’ towns and cities of their choice and fix the sewerage system there.
- The govt. has decided that urban sewage management would be entrusted to corporate houses instead of municipal and civic agencies.
- There are 118 towns and cities on the bank of the Ganga and each one of them is up for ‘adoption’ by corporate groups.
- The companies are being asked to invest in improving sewage networks and setting up treatment plants.
- The companies can recover their investment, and also make profits, from the fixed annuities that the government will pay them during this period.
- The urban local bodies, especially in smaller towns, did not have the capacity or expertise to plan and execute these projects.