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In Chennai, India, stakeholders support the establishment of an independent state groundwater authority to secure sustainable water supply.

TitlePolicy preferences about managed aquifer recharge for securing sustainable water supply to Chennai City, India
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsBrunner, N, Starkl, M, Sakthivel, P, Elango, L, Amirthalingam, S, Pratap, CE, Thirunavukkarasu, M, Parimalarenganayaki, S
Secondary TitleWater
Pagination3739-3757 : 4 fig., 5 tab.
Date Published12/2014
Publication LanguageEnglish
Keywordsaquifers, Chennai, dams, infiltration ponds, rainwater harvesting, recharge, urban areas, water authorities, water resources management

The objective of this study is to bring out the policy changes with respect to managed aquifer recharge (focusing on infiltration ponds), which in the view of relevant stakeholders may ease the problem of groundwater depletion in the context of Chennai City; Tamil Nadu; India. Groundwater is needed for the drinking water security of Chennai and over-exploitation has resulted in depletion and seawater intrusion. Current policies at the municipal; state and national level all support recharge of groundwater and rainwater harvesting to counter groundwater depletion. However, despite such favorable policies, the legal framework and the administrative praxis do not support systematic approaches towards managed aquifer recharge in the periphery of Chennai. The present study confirms this, considering the mandates of governmental key-actors and a survey of the preferences and motives of stakeholder representatives. There are about 25 stakeholder groups with interests in groundwater issues, but they lack a common vision. For example, conflicting interest of stakeholders may hinder implementation of certain types of managed aquifer recharge methods. To overcome this problem, most stakeholders support the idea to establish an authority in the state for licensing groundwater extraction and overseeing managed aquifer recharge. (author abstract)


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