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This document assesses the community-managed rural water supply programmes in Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran.


TitleCommunity involvement in a multi-village scheme in Amravati district, Maharashtra
Publication TypeBriefing Note
AuthorsV. Chary, S, Jasthi, S, Uddaraju, S, Shiva, R
Publication LanguageEnglish

Community Water Plus, a research project, has investigated twenty case studies of successful community-managed rural water supply programmes across 17 states in India. Through these case studies, the research has gained insight into the type and amount of support to community organisations that is needed, and the resources implications of this 'plus' – in terms of money, staffing, and other factors. This document presents the Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran case.

High groundwater salinity in the Purna River Basin of Amravati, Akola, and Buldhana districts in Maharashtra makes it unfit for human consumption. The region is also prone to drought due to which drinking water is scarce. Since 2001 Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran (MJP), a government body, is providing piped water supply through a large scale multivillage scheme to 156 villages and two towns in Amravati District. This is done using surface water from the nearby Shahanoor Irrigation Dam and using gravity-flow, as that is best adapted to the terrain, and saves on costs. The scheme has resulted in better water service provision in the rural areas of the district and achieved 100 per cent metered household connections.

The model is one of direct public service provision by MJP, but in which communities play a key oversight role in order for MJP to perform its role.

Citation Key82003



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