The Water Sector in India: An Overview
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The Water Sector in India: An Overview book
India, as the cliche goes, is a land of wide variations and this extends to the water sector as well. The water sector has been an important site of conflict and contestation; at the macro-level big dams and water resource development projects have been important sites of conflict between many types of social actors. Irrigation is the biggest consumer in all Indian regions accounting for more than 80 per cent of all water consumed. Despite the commitments of successive governments for providing full drinking water coverage to all rural habitations, many villages still lack access to safe drinking water. The rate of extraction of ground water in India far exceeds the replenishment rate in many blocks which is leading to a continuous lowering of the water table. The proposed River Interlinking Project needs to be rigorously examined keeping in mind the historical background of the experiences of large-water resource development projects.