ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Water Governance

In May 2016, the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation placed the draft National Water Framework Bill (NWFB), 2016 in the public domain for comments. Almost at the same....

There is a growing awareness that water endowments in India are severely under the threat of exhaustion and degradation. The focus since independence has been on intensifying utilisation of water....

With progressively diminishing per capita availability of water in the country and degradation of water quality and ecosystem services, the scope for any substantial augmentation of supply systems is....

1 Introduction The exact nature and form of irrigation in India and the way it is managed have changed over the years though the formal institutions entrusted with water resources have not kept pace....

The overthrow of opinion is not immediately followed by the overthrow of institutions; on the contrary the new opinions dwell for a long time in the desolate and haunted house of their predecessors....

As Member, Planning Commission from 2009 to 2014, I was able to play a small part in kickstarting fundamental reforms in water governance in India. When reforms mean something quite different from the....

In his memoir, Cusecs Candidate: Memoi rs of an Engineer, K L Rao writes that during visits to Sri Lanka he saw ancient irrigation structures that were the mainstay of the island’s modern irrigation....

In an EPW article in 2013, Mihir Shah warned that India’s water problems threaten to become calamitous in the next two decades (Shah 2013). The government set up special groups to come up with a....

“The water crisis is mainly a crisis of governance” (GWP 2000). This opening quote precedes the introduction to an overview paper on irrigation management transfer (IMT) (FAO, INPIM 2001). It is an....

India, the largest agricultural user of groundwater in the world, has seen a revolutionary shift from large-scale surface water management to widespread groundwater abstraction in the last 40 years....

Water in India is governed as a public good, with evolving yet disjointed awareness of its environmental, social and economic underpinnings. However, effective management of this limited resource....

If water governance does not improve in India, we seem headed straight towards disaster. Groundwater tables are abysmally low in many parts of the country; many of our main river basins are closed....

The term “integrated water resource management” has been popular in water resource management circles for several decades now. The concept, in principle, is about recognising the manner in which water....

On 21 July 2015, replying to a dicussion in the state assembly, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, The state which we say has 40% of the large dams in the country ... the situation of....