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TitleExplaining the inter village variations in drinking water provision: factors influencing costs and service levels in rural Andhra Pradesh
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsReddy, R
Pagination32 p.; 7 Tab.; 3 Fig.;
Date Published09/2012
PublisherCentre for Economic and Social Studies and IRC
Place PublishedHyderabad, India
Publication LanguageEnglish
Keywordscost of water, rural and peri-urban areas, service delivery

This paper brings out the relationship between unit costs, service levels and other socio economic indicators (education, governance, income levels, etc) and explains why the service levels are not uniform in different villages in Andhra Pradesh. The paper also develops an inventory of policy options for improving the service levels such as improving the life span of infrastructure; proper planning for extension of existing system (moving away from ad-hoc processes); etc. While acknowledging the high capital investments on creating infrastructure is necessary, the paper argues that states should make adequate investments to improve education; economic status and governance systems which have strong influence on the service levels. [authors abstract]





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