Unravelling India's urban drinking water indigence

Yojana, 1 July 2010

This presents some of the early findings from a study on the policy questions around India's urban drinking water supply and documents the significant central government efforts, inspite of which the situation today is far from satisfactory. The paper analyses   the policy framework under the JNNURM for urban reform and its impact on the urban drinking water sector. Although currently there seems to be a realization of the challenges that face the sector, and  some consensus on the key elements of reform at the policy level, much of this reform is yet to be implemented. The paper asks why implementation  is lagging and poses that a strong research agenda to understand the key challenges posed by the various cities in implementation of reforms needs to be supported if  the drinking water sector is to improved to better serve citizens in the future.