An initiative to retain people's control over water.
Mumbai Paani is a collective of like minded Community Based Organisations
(CBOs), people's movements, Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs)
and individuals. It was formed in March 2006 to address concerns
and intervene in the World Bank facilitated Water Distribution and
Improvement Project as a pilot in one of the wards of Mumbai. It
works for the Right to Water for All as guaranteed by the Constitution
of India in Article 21. These fundamental principles of human rights
advocate complete non-discrimination and are also reflected in international
legal instruments as an inherent right to water of women, children
The collective focuses on certain pertinent issues in the realm of
water, namely, equitable access to all individuals, communities
and habitats. Mumbai Paani believes that water is an essential life
resource for all humanity. Hence, it can neither be treated as a
commodity nor be allowed for control with a profit motive.
Working with the philosophy of a non-profiteering public-public
partnership, the modus operandi should be empowering systemic
changes in the Corporation, to this end. The optimum solution has
to leverage Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai's (MCGM) high
proficiency, catering to Mumbai's huge population.
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