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Taxing bathtubs, reviving rivers and saving turtles: Impressions from the State level Jal Chaupal in Uttar Pradesh
AVINASH KUMAR Do you know, if you see turtles hanging around a river, it’s a sure sign that the river is living? Do you know that rivers retain their surface levels drawing from the groundwater? ‘Can we ask the government to levy a small tax on the sale of bathtubs in this country? If nothing, it will force people to think about how much water they are using without bothering where it is coming from!’ The last suggestion came from Vikram Singh, a Member of Legislative Assembly from Fatehpur Cantt constituency in Uttar Pradesh. Many such riveting and revealing...