Proposed Union Water Laws: Need to Rethink the Premises

The Asian Journal - Journal of Transport and Infrastructure, 25 November 2013

This article analyses two new proposed central water laws, the Draft National Water Framework Bill, 2013 and the Draft River Basin Management Bill, 2012. Each of them reflect a centralising paradigm of water law that sits uneasily with the decentralised framework found in the Constitution and with recent proposals by the Planning Commission for a coordinating union framework and with the progressive recognition of the need to move away from state control over water, first initiated by the Supreme Court in the mid-1990s.