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Are SDGs a Myth?
Industrial Development and Water Pollution in India

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ISBN 9780367560416
December 28, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge India
220 Pages 60 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book discusses the continued emphasis on development gains in India’s national policies and its quest to meet its Sustainable Development Goals. It offers an analysis of the laws and infrastructure for environment protection in the country and its ineffectiveness in dealing with the water pollution which have had dire consequences on India’s ecological landscape.

The book, while highlighting the need and importance of industrial development, argues for sustainable measures to moderate and monitor such developmental efforts in the light of severe environmental degradations. Focusing on the state of Gujarat, it looks at published and un-published data on industrial development and water pollution levels and data obtained via applications filed under the Right to Information Act. It also offers a detailed account on the concentration of red industries which release the most hazardous pollutants and their effects on the environment. The authors look at the data from a theoretical and empirical perspective, offering insights into how the checks and balances levied by the state have been violated. They highlight the patterns and the trends which emerge from the study of these developmental efforts and underline the need to improve the effectiveness of policy instruments, and the need to diversify the existing mechanisms.

The book will be of great interest to students and researchers of environment and development studies, public policy, sociology, law and governance, human ecology and economics.

Table of Contents

List of Figures.

List of Tables.

List of Abbreviations.

1. Introduction

2. Economic Performance of the States

3. Industrial Policies in Gujarat

4. Facets of Industrial Development in Gujarat

5. Environmental Governance

6. Industrial Water Pollution: Communities, Authorities & the Courts

7. Ahmedabad: Impact of Industrial Development on the Sabarmati

8. Ahmedabad: Performance Assessment of Environmental Infrastructure

9. Surat: Impact of Industrial Development on Water Bodies

10. Surat: Performance Assessment of Environmental Infrastructure

11. Why the CETPs are Ineffective

12. Industrial Development and Water Pollution: The Quest for SDGs.

Annexure I.

Annexure II.

Annexure III.


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Neeru Bansal is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Planning, CEPT University, Ahmedabad. She is a Civil Engineer and Urban Planner.

R. Parthasarathy is MEGA Chair Professor and Director at Gujarat Institute of Development Research, Ahmedabad.