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Urban water supply and governance in India

Rout, Satyapriya and Kattumuri, Ruth (2022) Urban water supply and governance in India. Springer Nature Singapore. ISBN 9789811638183

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Identification Number: 10.1007/978-981-16-3819-0


This book investigates institutional dimensions of urban water supply in India, with a specific focus on institutional capabilities to provide drinking water to urban households in an efficient, equitable and sustainable manner. This book has been developed through empirical research within the context of growing urbanisation and increasing water needs of Indian cities, and the wider developmental goal of achieving universal and equitable access to safe and affordable water for all – as envisaged in goal 6 of the SDGs. This study revolves around three important aspects of urban water supply and governance. Firstly, it attempts to understand household water service delivery scenarios in urban India, drawing from case studies based on our household survey in four cities – Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Kochi and Hyderabad. Secondly, it examines the question of existing socio-economic inequality and access to water in an urban context in India. While dealing with the issue of inequality and access to water, it attempts to explore the question of whether access to water and water scarcity is socially neutral; whilst also analysing the mechanisms employed by the urban poor to manage their daily water needs. Thirdly, this book explores the role of institutions for efficient and effective delivery of water in urban India. The institutional analysis from a comparative perspective provides important insights to guide current reforms in domestic water supply in India, especially in a neo-liberal context.

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Additional Information: © 2022 Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd
Divisions: India Observatory
Subjects: T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2022 06:51
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 22:36

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