New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday emphasized upon his stand of not privatising the water sector in the national capital. In his statement he said that privatising the water sector would lead to “cronyism and corruption”.
He further suggested several measures like rainwater harvesting, rejuvenation of the Yamuna and water recycling to make Delhi self-reliant in terms of water needs. At present, the city is dependent on its bordering states – Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, for its water supply requirements.
At a workshop held by the Delhi Jal Board (DJB), Kejriwal said, “We are opposed to privatization of water which leads to cronyism and corruption. Water is a lifeline which the government should provide to its citizens as a right.” He believes that the government should make policies regarding recycling waste water for optimal use.
“The focus of the water policy and government’s work on water can’t be just about making people drink water. It has to be a comprehensive and unifying draft for Delhi’s citizens and should talk about waste water management, recycling and reuse of water.”
“Water pricing needs to be properly thought through along with the implications of all financial models that the Delhi Jal Board needs to pursue,” he said.
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has discovered ingredients for water on a relatively nearby skyscraper-sized asteroid, a rocky acorn-shaped object that may hold clues to the origins of life on Earth, scientists said on Monday.
OSIRIS-REx, which flew last week within a scant 12 miles (19 km) of the asteroid Bennu some 1.4 million miles (2.25 million km) from Earth, found traces of hydrogen and oxygen molecules — part of the recipe for water and thus the potential for life — embedded in the asteroid’s rocky surface.
The probe, on a mission to return samples from the asteroid to Earth for study, was launched in 2016. Bennu, roughly a third of a mile wide (500 meters), orbits the sun at roughly the same distance as Earth. There is concern among scientists about the possibility of Bennu impacting Earth late in the 22nd century.
“We have found the water-rich minerals from the early solar system, which is exactly the kind of sample we were going out there to find and ultimately bring back to Earth,” University of Arizona planetary scientist Dante Lauretta, the OSIRIS-REx mission’s principal investigator, said in a telephone interview.
Asteroids are among the leftover debris from the solar system’s formation some 4.5 billion years ago. Scientists believe asteroids and comets crashing into early Earth may have delivered organic compounds and water that seeded the planet for life, and atomic-level analysis of samples from Bennu could provide key evidence to support that hypothesis.
“When samples of this material are returned by the mission to Earth in 2023, scientists will receive a treasure trove of new information about the history and evolution of our solar system,” Amy Simon, a scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, said in a statement.
“We’re really trying to understand the role that these carbon-rich asteroids played in delivering water to the early Earth and making it habitable,” Lauretta added.
OSIRIS-REx will pass later this month just 1.2 miles (1.9 km) from Bennu, entering the asteroid’s gravitational pull and analyzing its terrain. From there, the spacecraft will begin to gradually tighten its orbit around the asteroid, spiraling to within just 6 feet (2 meters) of its surface so its robot arm can snatch a sample of Bennu by July 2020.