New Delhi: Amidst reports of growing misuse of underground water by the people, the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has hinted at sharp hike in the charges collected by the government from the users in future.

The Prime Minister on Tuesday said in New Delhi that the misuse is high because the charges on water and electricity are very low.

He has also emphasised on early implementation of National Water Policy in which it has been recommended that the supply system of water should be handed over to the private companies. 

Highlighting the loopholes in the present supply system of water, the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh suggested that a system has to be built to recognise underground water as a community-resource.

He also said that a new national mode act in this connection is in offing on the basis of which all the state governments will be able to make their laws to prevent the misuse of water.

A Water Regulatory Tribunal will soon be constituted in every state and a similar body could also come in existence at the national level which will coordinate among the states over the issues related to water dispute between two and more states, he added.

(Agencies)