The right to water
August 21, 2019 |
August 21, 2019
TERI has recently published a piece titled 'India's rampant urban water issues and challenges', explaining how growth in urban population leads to additional water demand. "In 2001," the piece says, "urban population was 285 million and assuming water supply of 135 litres per capita per day, the domestic water demand is estimated at around 38,475 million litres per day.
Modi govt's promise of water for all faces monsoon challenge, infrastructural woes
August 1, 2019
| The Print
Finance Minister announced the government's aim to provide potable water to every rural household by 2024 in Budget 2019-20. This is a key step towards achieving the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals on water, which seek to achieve by 2030 "universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all". What shows the Narendra Modi government's commitment is the integration of decision-making by merging water resources and drinking water ministries to form the new Jal Shakti Ministry.
With no new money, India's water ministry struggles
July 9, 2019 |
July 9, 2019
India Climate Dialogue
There is now an experiment to pay farmers to save water, being tried in three villages of Punjab by TERI. The farmers are being told that if they use less than a certain amount of water, they will be paid for every litre they save.
Government rolls out plan to save water, says it will be a mass movement
July 2, 2019 |
July 2, 2019
The Indian Express
The government has commissioned a study through TERI to look at the massive water consuming industries such as steel, cement, power, and prescribe benchmarks for each.
High time States set up water regulators
June 4, 2019
| The Hindu Business Line
The tariff policy framed by a water regulator should be based on consultative approach and the consumers may be charged only the operation and maintenance costs in the initial stages and the capital costs later. There is a need to protect the vulnerable sections through targeted subsidy. The positioning of an independent water regulator is an important step in managing water in the 21st century. The water institutions created in the 20th century in States are unlikely to deliver positive results unless these are restructured and comprehensive reforms are initiated in the water sector.
It's time to overhaul water pricing norms
May 8, 2019
| The Hindu Business Line
By 2050, the demand for water is expected to exceed supply. Water resources vary spatially and temporally — monsoon rainfall, for instance, is highest in the North-East and lowest in Rajasthan. Per capita water availability has been declining over the years, and it has now touched the scarcity benchmark of 1,000 cubic meter annually. Water pricing is a complex subject and its imposition has huge political overtones. The determination of water-use charges has to be rational, consultative and transparent. And, the role of the statutory water regulator should be recognised.