Himanshu Thakker

This presentation by Himanshu Thakker, South Asia Network on Dams Rivers and people (SANDRP) deals with key groundwater policy concerns - framework and equity issues, the emerging realities and responses. It begins with a description of the basic characteristics of groundwater and how the resource has become a private property resource by use and legal situation.

 

This has been followed with a discussion on issues of quality and quantity. The importance of groundwater in India’s water sector is highlighted. The presentation discusses how an increase in overall irrigated area, in spite of decrease in contribution from big dam irrigation projects was possible due to the steep increase in groundwater irrigated areas.

The presentation provides the following agenda for action on three broad fronts –

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This presentation deals with performance of India’s water sector and the challenges therein.

Karcham WangtooThe sector is marked by large-scale water development projects like big dams.

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