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Environmental Scenario in India by Debashis Chakraborty, Sacchidananda Mukherjee

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8  Growing environmental costs of urban water supplies

Overcoming the challenges in implementing integrated urban water management

M. Dinesh Kumar

Introduction

Growing urban water stress is one of the features of India's water crisis. Reducing per capita supplies and reliability, huge water wastages, growing inequity in access to water and its inefficient pricing across different classes are some of the problems (Mukherjee et al. 2010). Growing deprivation of the urban poor of water for basic survival needs is a remarkable dimension of the entire crisis, found in many cities of India and elsewhere in the developing world (UNDP 2006). This crisis has mainly stemmed from exponential growth in urban water demands, compounded by dwindling local sources ...

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