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Deep wells and prudence : towards pragmatic action for addressing groundwater overexploitation in India

This report is the outcome of the World Bank’s Study and Technical Assistance Initiative on Groundwater management in India. This initiative included analytical work, policy assessments, and field surveys, as well as focused technical assistance to groundwater management interventions in a number of World Bank-supported projects in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh, and an assessment in Punjab. The report begins with a review of the groundwater crisis in India, the characteristics of groundwater over-explotation, and the institutional framework of groundwater management in India. It then provides a menu of practical and non-controversial interventions which can be implemented in the current environment. Amongst its several suggestions, the report calls for community management of ground water, based on positive experiences. Other interventions proposed are grouped under the headings of targeted regulation, and sectoral policy interventions and coordination. Together, the proposed set of interventions sets the basis for changing the game on groundwater management in India.

TitleDeep wells and prudence : towards pragmatic action for addressing groundwater overexploitation in India
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsPahuja, S.
Secondary TitleReport / World Bank
Volumeno. 51676
Paginationxviii, 97 p. : 9 boxes, 29 fig., 13 tab.
Date Published2010-01-01
PublisherWorld Bank
Place PublishedWashington, DC, USA
Keywordscommunity management, economic aspects, groundwater, groundwater withdrawal, institutional framework, policies, sdiasi, sdipar, social aspects, water conservation, water resources management, water use
Abstract

This report is the outcome of the World Bank’s Study and Technical Assistance Initiative on Groundwater management in India. This initiative included analytical work, policy assessments, and field surveys, as well as focused technical assistance to groundwater management interventions in a number of World Bank-supported projects in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh, and an assessment in Punjab. The report begins with a review of the groundwater crisis in India, the characteristics of groundwater over-explotation, and the institutional framework of groundwater management in India. It then provides a menu of practical and non-controversial interventions which can be implemented in the current environment. Amongst its several suggestions, the report calls for community management of ground water, based on positive experiences. Other interventions proposed are grouped under the headings of targeted regulation, and sectoral policy interventions and coordination. Together, the proposed set of interventions sets the basis for changing the game on groundwater management in India.

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