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Ganga-Brahmaputra-Meghna Waters

Advances in Development and Management, 1st Edition

By Mahesh Chandra Chaturvedi

CRC Press

450 pages | 58 B/W Illus.

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Once a prosperous region, the Ganga-Brahmaputra-Meghna (GBM) river basin—inhabited by about a tenth of the world’s population—is currently one of the poorest. Large-scale socioeconomic development is urgently needed to ensure the sustainability of the region, and the management of water resources is a crucial part of this. Ganga-Brahmaputra-Meghna Waters: Advances in Development and Management discusses water resource development and management issues related to the GBM river basin, including interactions, institutional set ups, and future perspectives. It also proposes several novel technologies, developed by the author, to help revolutionize the development of India’s waters.

Written by an authority in water resource management studies, the book addresses the need for a holistic, integrated, basin-wide approach to improve the quality of life for people living within the region. Pointing out that water does not recognize political boundaries, the text also discusses Nepal, Bangladesh, and Bhutan as integral parts of the GBM basin. The author suggests that the unique geophysical and hydrologic characteristics of the basin present an opportunity for technologies that can increase the available water and hydroelectric potential in the region. The proposed advances can also help generate collaborative development between India and its neighboring countries.

The book emphasizes the adoption of a societal-environmental systems management approach, which treats the physical and social-environmental systems as integral components, backed by participatory transparent modeling. It also argues that technology must be considered a key part of the system. A unique contribution to water resources engineering, this book provides readers with a case study of the development and management of the world’s largest water system. It offers new perspectives and useful advice for other countries and regions developing river and irrigation plans and for policy makers involved in large-scale water resources engineering.

Table of Contents

PART I SYSTEM CHARACTERISTICS

Introduction

Introduction

Overview

Notes

System Environmental Characteristics

Introduction

Location and Physical Geography

Physiography and Geology

Climate and Hydrology

Hydro System

Geohydrology

Land and Soils

Fauna and Flora

Socioeconomic Scene

Introduction

Political Geography

Historical Perspective

Population

Independence and Present Scene—India

Sociopolitical Perspective—Bangladesh

Sociopolitical Perspective—Nepal

Sociopolitical Perspective—Bhutan

Economic Scene

Note

PART II CURRENT DEVELOPMENT POLICY AND STATE

Environmental Management—Historical Perspective

Introduction

Historical Perspective—Pre-British Scene

British Period

Water Resources Development

Land

Forests

Developments in Nepal and Bhutan

Introduction

Nepal

Bhutan

Post-Independence Development—India

Introduction

Water

Land

Fauna and Flora

Environmental Management

Conclusion

Environmental Management in Bangladesh

Introduction

Country Context

Environmental Scene

Environmental and Water Management

Water Resources Development

Flood Management

Water Resources Management in Bangladesh: Steps toward a New National Water Plan (NNWP)

Structure for Future National Water Management System

Service Sectors

Arsenic Challenge

Environmental Management

Vulnerability to Climate Change

Management in Long-Term Perspective

Conclusion

Notes

Indo-Nepal and Indo-Bhutan Interaction

Introduction

Indo-Nepal Interrelation

Indo-Bhutan Interaction

Indo-Bangladesh Interaction

Introduction

Indo-Bangladesh Relations

Indo-Bangladesh Waters—Official Interactions

Augmentation Proposals

Developments from 1987

Overview

Note

Institutional Setup

Introduction

Pre-British Period

British Period

Post-British Period—India

Bangladesh

International Institutional Interaction

Some Perspectives and Institutional and Cultural Revolution

Conclusion

Notes

PART III PROPOSED REVOLUTIONARY POLICY

Current Scene and Official Future Perceptions

Introduction

Domestic Water Supply and Sanitation

Agriculture Demand and Agricultural Transformation

Rural Transformation

Manufacturing and Industrialization

Conservation of the Environment and Water

Challenge of Managing the Waters—A Perspective

Management of Environmental System

Climate Change

Conclusion

Note

Revolutionizing the Development and Management of Water— Conceptual and Policy Issues

Introduction

Development of Water—Historical Perspective

Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)

Societal–Environmental Systems Issues and Management

Societal–Environmental Systems Management (SESM) with Focus on Water

Societal–Environmental Systems Management Principle Implications for Management of Water

Systems Planning

Scenario Analysis

Some Advances in Modeling Technology

Study of Changes in Land Use and Land Cover

Management for Climate Change

Sustainable Development—Third World Perspective and Challenge

Environment, Development, and Participation

Dams—A Scientific Perspective

World’s First Anti-Dam Movement and India’s Societal Response

Institutional Issues—Culture Matters

Summary

Notes

Appendix 1: The National Water Mission

Soil Erosion and Its Management

Revolutionizing the Environmental Management of the GBM Basin

Introduction

Development Objective

Some Novel Technologies for Development of GBM Waters

Emphasizing Some Unique Contributions of the Proposed Revolutionary Technologies

Estimate of Water Availability Revolution

Overview of GBM Development

Integrated Development of GBM Basin

Some Specific Issues

Groundwater Management

Societal–Environmental Systems Management

Scientific Management of Water—Some Basic Perspectives

GBM Systems Planning

Perspective—Societal–Environmental Systems Management

Revolutionizing the Management

Modernization of the Spectrum of Activities

Culture Matters

Conclusion

Notes

Total Integrated Development of GBM—Policy and Implementation

Introduction

Rationale for Considering Total Integrated GBM Development

Nepal—Characteristics and Challenges

Bangladesh—Characteristics and Challenges

Assessment of the Current Official Proposals

Dealing with Dynamics of Delta Configuration

Scientific Management of GBM—Environmental Systems Perspective

New International Perspective of GBM Basin

Implementation of Integrated Development of GBM Basin

Conclusion

Notes

Conclusions

Notes

References

Index

About the Author

Dr. Chaturvedi is a globally recognized pioneer of water resources engineering. He has designed and has been on the board of consultants of major Himalayan projects in India. He was the Founder Head, Department of Civil Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur and, later, Department of Applied Mechanics at IIT Delhi, where he became Dean (research). Upon retirement from IIT Delhi in 1985, he joined the Planning Commission, Government of India until leaving for the United States to join the University of Texas, Austin in 1989. He has also led collaborations in the United States, Sweden, the former Soviet Union, Italy, and the United Kingdom. Dr. Chaturvedi is a unique combination of professional engineer and academician. He has been identified as a Distinguished Alumni of his alma mater, the University of Iowa. He has been associated with Harvard University for many years and is a founding member and fellow of the IWRA and a fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Chaturvedi and his wife, (late) Professor Vipula Chaturvedi, have established the Vipula and Mahesh Chaturvedi Foundation, providing support for research that advances science and the human condition.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCI026000
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
TEC009020
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Civil / General
TEC010030
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / Water Supply