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TitleCost of provision: how good are unconditional allocations?: a study of water services delivery in rural Andhra Pradesh
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsV. Reddy, R, N. Kumar, J, Venkataswamy, M, Snehalatha, M
Secondary TitleWASHCost-CESS Working Paper
Pagination22 p.; 3 tab.; 6 fig.
Date Published2011-12-01
PublisherWASHCost team, Hyderabad, IN
Place PublishedHyderabad, India
Keywordsdomestic use, india andhra pradesh, service delivery, WASHCost, water supply

This paper estimates the actual unit cost of delivering domestic water services in rural Andhra Pradesh across 187 habitations spread over nine agro climatic zones. These estimates are compared with state allocations for rural water supply in terms of magnitude and composition. The paper questions the logic of uniform or unconditional allocations for each scheme based on norms across geographic locations. It argues that region or location specific allocations could be more efficient and effective from the sustainability point of view and in terms of the implications for services received by users. The note also illustrates the bias in the structure of the cost composition in favour of infrastructure. [authors abstract]


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