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Notes on Ambedkar's Water Resources Policies

While Ambedkar's contributions as the chief architect of the Constitution has been long remembered, his visionary approach to the development of irrigation and power and water resource planning has not been well acknowledged. In the context of the Cauvery imbroglio, policies and plans initiated under Ambedkar when he was member, labour, irrigation and power in the executive council of the viceroy may offer workable solutions to inter-state river water disputes.

Drinking Water Crisis in Kutch

This paper discusses how a natural water scarcity in the Kutch region of Gujarat has been converted into a severe water crisis due to the approach of the post-independence water resource development and utilisation. It also brings out the impact of three decades of relentless extraction of groundwater resources and its almost irreversible effect on the land and water resources of Kutch

Water: Charting a Course for the Future - II

Water has suddenly become a favoured subject for seminars and conferences all over the world. A common trend in most of the discussions is to proceed from projections of demand to supply-side solutions in the form of 'water resource development' projects; estimate the massive investment funds needed; take note of the severe limitations on the availability of financial resources with governments; point to private sector investment as the answer; and stress the need for policy change to facilitate this. In India, consciousness of the importance of the subject led to the appointment of the first National Commission on water, which submitted its report in September 1999. This paper attempts to provide a broad and compendious account of the state of affairs in India as far as water resources are concerned and to chart a course for the future. [The paper has been published in two parts, this being the second part. The first part appeared last week.]
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