Interview with Anil Minda

On March 3rd, 2011, Abha interviewed Anil Minda, who is on the Board of Directors at the JPM Group for ANU Industries. The company is a manufacturer of automotive parts in India.

Abha: On average, how many gallons of water does it take to produce one car?

Anil Minda: It takes around 39,090 gallons to make one car. Each tire requires around 518 gallons of water.

Abha: How many cars do you produce in a year?

Anil Minda: India produces about 2 million cars a year.

Abha: How has limited water affected the city of Delhi?

Anil Minda: In Delhi the water supply to residents is limited to certain hours in the day. Most people have around 3 hours of access to water daily, but people have the option of paying for more hours of access to water. Also, if you go over your certain limit of water, you have to pay a fine. Therefore if people are not careful during this time to collect water, then they are short on water for that day. Sometimes people are not able to their daily chores because of this. It can be problematic. The water table levels have gone down significantly and the government took action by banning any future wells to be built. Wells are only allowed to be drilled if people have permits that are approved by the city.

Abha: What can people do to help?

Anil Minda: First of all, they can start saving water and stop wasting it on an individual basis. The media is even stressing the importance of conserving water. Secondly, industries too should be looking to reduce their water consumption. Water harvesting systems should be put onto rooftops of houses. Countries especially like India and Nepal, should implement these because during the monsoon season, a lot of water can be harvested and stored.

Abha: What are some challenges that you face concerning water?

Anil Minda: Not all of the water that people receive in India is hygienic. Most of the water in underdeveloped areas is contaminated with tons of bacteria which can be spread by fecal matter and a lack of sanitation. So this needs to be cleaned efficiently and accurately as this is a big challenge for us. Also, many people in India get their water from wells. A lot of times their wells are dry, so they have to bore water in an aggressive manner. This usually damages the well and blocks water lines.

Abha: In reality, how bad do you think the Water Crisis is?

Anil Minda: I think water crisis is getting severe day by day. We may not be able to put this situation into perspective yet, but in 10 years we will feel the drastic results of this crisis. We have to start stepping up and we need to take action. Some scientists have predicted that New Delhi will not be able to provide for anyone in the city by 2015. Soon, drinking water may become more expensive than gasoline.