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India’s looming water crisis

February 25, 2016
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This is an update on my original posts published in 2013 and 2015.

India’s Looming water crisis:

India needs to address current water management issues or face future catastrophe. Poor policies have left India in one of the worst positions in the world when it comes to water stress-writes Asit K Biswas and Cecilia Tortajada
India is no exception to this global trend. Signs of water stresses are all over the country, both in terms of availability and quality. The situation in India is worse than in many other countries due to decades of poor policies and practices. Sustained interest in water issues by senior policymakers has been conspicuous by its absence – Indian politicians are only interested in water when there are serious droughts and floods. As soon as these are over, their interest simply disappears. India needs water to meet its current needs, and also for 2050 when its population is predicted to increase by another 450 million, nearly one-third more than at present. All these additional people will need food, energy, industrial and economic development, proper health, education facilities and a good environment to enjoy a good quality of life, and meeting their needs will require increasingly more water.
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