IMPLEMENTATION​ ​OF​ ​THE​ ​PIL​ ​JUDGEMENT

In​ ​its​ ​judgement​ ​on​ ​the​ ​PIL,​ ​the​ ​Bombay​ ​High​ ​Court​ ​observed​ ​the​ ​following:

  • Water​ ​is​ ​a​ ​basic​ ​human​ ​right,​ ​without​ ​which​ ​it​ ​is​ ​impossible​ ​to​ ​guarantee​ ​the​ ​Right​ ​to​ ​Life
    provided​ ​by​ ​Article​ ​21​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Indian​ ​Constitution
  • The​ ​responsibility​ ​of​ ​providing​ ​drinking​ ​water​ ​to​ ​all​ ​rests​ ​with​ ​the​ ​state​ ​governments​ ​and​ ​local
    bodies
  • Provision​ ​of​ ​drinking​ ​water​ ​has​ ​nothing​ ​to​ ​do​ ​with​ ​the​ ​legal​ ​status​ ​of​ ​the​ ​settlement​ ​in​ ​question

The​ ​questions​ ​of​ ​discriminatory​ ​pricing​ ​of​ ​water​ ​and​ ​the​ ​right​ ​to​ ​shelter​ ​which​ ​would​ ​guarantee
basic​ ​rights​ ​like​ ​drinking​ ​water​ ​and​ ​sanitation​ ​still​ ​remain.
The​ ​questions​ ​of​ ​discriminatory​ ​pricing​ ​of​ ​water​ ​and​ ​the​ ​right​ ​to​ ​shelter​ ​which​ ​would​ ​guarantee
basic​ ​rights​ ​like​ ​drinking​ ​water​ ​and​ ​sanitation​ ​still​ ​remain.​ ​Resolving​ ​the​ ​penultimate​ ​question​ ​of​ ​the
right​ ​to​ ​the​ ​city​ ​would​ ​also​ ​facilitate​ ​integration​ ​of​ ​the​ ​marginalised​ ​into​ ​mainstream​ ​society.​ ​A
gradual​ ​change​ ​in​ ​viewing​ ​access​ ​to​ ​water​ ​as​ ​a​ ​fundamental​ ​right​ ​rather​ ​than​ ​as​ ​an​ ​opportunity​ ​for
charity​ ​must​ ​be​ ​brought​ ​about​ ​in​ ​the​ ​wider​ ​society.
Pani​ ​Haq​ ​Samiti​ ​has​ ​decided​ ​to​ ​work​ ​towards​ ​securing​ ​legal​ ​water​ ​connections​ ​for​ ​all​ ​inhabitants​ ​of
the​ ​city​ ​at​ ​present.​ ​This​ ​also​ ​includes​ ​tracking​ ​changes​ ​in​ ​the​ ​process​ ​to​ ​obtain​ ​a​ ​connection​ ​and
manoeuvring​ ​bureaucratic​ ​red-tape.
Directly​ ​after​ ​the​ ​High​ ​Court’s​ ​judgement,​ ​the​ ​members​ ​of​ ​PHS​ ​had​ ​succeeded​ ​in​ ​filling​ ​about​ ​750
applications​ ​for​ ​new​ ​connections​ ​from​ ​Ambuja​ ​wadi​ ​in​ ​Malad,​ ​Siddharth​ ​nagar​ ​in​ ​Andheri,​ ​Rahul
Nagar​ ​and​ ​Indira​ ​Nagar​ ​in​ ​Bandra,​ ​Bhim​ ​Nagar​ ​and​ ​Maharashtra​ ​Nagar​ ​in​ ​Mankhurd​ ​and​ ​from
Mandala.​ ​However,​ ​a​ ​change​ ​in​ ​policy​ ​dictated​ ​that​ ​henceforth,​ ​applications​ ​were​ ​only​ ​going​ ​to​ ​be
accepted​ ​online.​ ​The​ ​futility​ ​of​ ​the​ ​first​ ​attempt​ ​notwithstanding,​ ​PHS​ ​has​ ​been​ ​helping​ ​the
communities​ ​to​ ​access​ ​computers​ ​and​ ​internet​ ​connections​ ​to​ ​complete​ ​the​ ​applications​ ​as​ ​per​ ​the
new​ ​process.