Historical judgement on the Right to Water in India

On 15 December 2014 the High Court in Mumbai ruled that Mumbai’s local authority, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, should come up with a policy to supply water to illegal slum dwellers, stating that the Right to Water is an integral part of the Right to Life under Article 21 of the Indian Constitution.

Nevertheless, the ruling noted that supplying water to illegal slum dwellers does not legitimise them.

This landmark judgement comes at a time when attempts to convert “public goods” into “economic goods” are gaining ground, helping to set a precedent referring specifically to the Right to Water.

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