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India’s Waters
Advances in Development and Management

ISBN 9781138114838
Published October 23, 2017 by CRC Press
240 Pages 42 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

India’s Waters: Advances in Development and Management is a critical study of the development and management of India’s waters. Its central theme is that the current methods in use are an extension of the colonial-era system, which, despite vast growth, has remained essentially the same in terms of developmental concepts, technological activities, and performance. A revolution on several fronts is possible, and this book details the author’s own plans for these advancements.

First the book briefly addresses both the physiographic and hydrologic characteristics of India and its waters, and the current official proposals for their development. Next, the author presents new concepts and policies for development of India’s waters, followed by his proposed technological revolution. The author illustrates how India’s aforementioned unique characteristics enable use of some novel technologies that are unique globally. This fact is key to his proposed revolution, which asserts that water availability can be more than doubled. Even more importantly, water can be placed in the hands of the farmer. On the subject of hydroelectric development, the author explores a novel technology of interspatial intertemporal pumped storage development that would increase both hydroelectric potential and peaking power almost five times over.

On a related note, the book explains advances in water resource developmental planning in terms of a new societal environmental systems management that far surpasses the much vaunted integrated water resources development. The author also talks about the challenges of climate change, demonstrating how his revolutionary technological proposals could be applied to deal with this serious issue.

Table of Contents


Environmental Characteristics
Geographical Characteristics
India—Geological History
Drainage System
Precipitation and Evapotranspiration Characteristics
Floods and Droughts
River Basins
Water Resources
Climate Change

Development and Management of India’s Waters—Overview
Historical Perspective
British Period
Development after Independence

Futures Challenges and Proposed Responses
NCIWRDP 1999—Findings and Recommendations
NCIWRDP 1999—A Review
Estimate of Utilizable Water Resources and Demand—Water Balance
Water Requirement
Review of the Official Demand Estimates and Proposed Modifications
Interlinking of India’s Rivers
Review of Proposal of Interlinking of Rivers
Second India Studies—Water
India Water Partnership Study
World Bank Study
Review of the World Bank and Other So-Called Expert Studies
Reflections on Governance
Integrated Water Resources Management
Recent Modification by GOI of Water Demand Estimates
Overview of Current Official and Other Studies

Revolutionizing Development of India’s Waters—New Concepts, Policies, and Technologies
Study of Current Policy and Management
Perspective of Development
Future Perspective
Some Conceptual Revolutions about Management of Water
Some Unique Indian Environment Characteristic Features
Proposed Creative Approach and Some Novel Technologies and Advances
Estimate of Water Availability Revolution
Further Advances in Water Management
Environmental Systems Management
Modernization of Socioeconomic System
Policy Planning—Societal Environmental Systems Management
Challenge of Climate Change

Revolutionizing the Development of India’s Waters
Development of Indus Basin
Development of GBM Basin
Revolutionizing Developmental Strategy of GBM Basin
Development of Himalayan Region
Development of Alluvial Plains
Development of Vindhyan Region
Development of Brahmaputra–Meghna Region
Development of Delta Region
International Interaction in GBM Basin Current Scene—Nepal and India
International Interaction in GBM Basin Current Scene—India and Bangladesh
GBM Conflict Resolution
Scientific Development of GBM
Development of Peninsular Region
Climate Change
River Basin and National Water Planning
Further Advances—Sustainable Development and Water

Some Perspectives and Institutional and Cultural Revolution
Current Scene of Water Management in India
Challenge of Management of Water
Background of Water Management in India
Institutional Revolution
Involvement of Foreign Agencies

Appendix 1
Estimate of Water Demand by NCIWRDP 1999
Water Requirement for Irrigation
Water Demand for Domestic Use
Water Requirement for Industries
Water Requirement for Power Development
Water Requirement for Inland Navigation Development
Water Required for Environment and Ecology
Water Requirement to Compensate Evaporation Losses fromReservoirs
Total Water Requirement
Basin and State Water Requirement
Return Flows
Water Balance

Appendix 2
Political Economy of Water

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