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Colonial Urbanisation

perty as a Growth Constraint in a Hydraulic Economy" focuses on the impact of private property rights on water management and on community level action for allocation of water, maintenance of distribution structures, and resolution of conflicts below the outlet. Apart from maintenance of ditches and water allocation, land preparation for irrigation is also seriously affected by private property rights. The most comprehensive and, in the long run, effective land-shaping and levelling programmes involve consolidation of land fragments and realignment of field boundaries. Even in respect of groundwater, land-size and fragmentation disabilities affect investment in private electric and diesel tubewells. Maintenance of water courses and drainage ditches would require local broad-based community organisations. Bardhan's call for attention to developing productivity-oriented local co-operative organisations for water management or for credit and social insurance is appropriate. But, as Bardhan points out, much depends upon completely different kinds of organisational resources and political entrepreneur skills which the present leadership is ill-equipped to provide.
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