Articles-Water Policy & Law (National)


This section contains various Articles by Manthan’s team members under the Water Policy & Law theme.


What you can’t measure properly, you can’t manage properly

Critique of  the recently released NITI Aayog’s report on Composite Water Management Index. Shripad Dharmadhikary reports in India Together.

Article, published on 1 July 2018.

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Creating National Water Commissionrabo-dam

A recent report suggests merging the Central Water Commission (CWC) and the Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) into a new organisation to be called the National Water Commission. Shripad Dharmadhikary reports in India Together.

Article, published on 30 Sept 2016.

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The right to water for lifeTeesta_River_in_W_Bengal_DSC07418

On 26th May 2016, the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation (MoWR) put out the Draft National Water Framework Bill, inviting public comments. The bill represents an important and progressive step forward despite some shortcomings and challenges involved in its implementation. Shripad Dharmadhikary reports in India Together.

Article, Published on 12 July 2016.

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Defining, celebrating and protecting our riversIRW_-_1

India Rivers Week held in November 2014 was a first-of-its-kind gathering in New Delhi, which celebrated rivers and those trying to protect them, while charting out a road map to mitigate the threats they confront. Shripad Dharmadhikary reports in India Together.

Article, published 3 Dec 2014.

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 Preparing the framework for a new Ganga vision

A Consortium of 7 IITs is working on a plan that will form the basis for the long-term vision for the government’s much-talked about Ganga rejuvenation programme. Shripad Dharmadhikary reviews an initial summary released by the Consortium as the framework within which the final plan will be drawn up. Shripad Dharmadhikary reports in India Together.

Article, Published 9 Oct 2014.

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Why large dams aren’t a water solution for the future

The uncertainty of the nature and extent of climate change impact on the water sector calls for adaptive and flexible measures to effectively combat and address the issues likely to arise in the future. Shripad Dharmadhikary quotes from a recent report of an IPCC Working Group to establish the fact. Shripad Dharmadhikary reports in India Together

Article published on 5 Dec 2014.

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National Water Law needed, but not this!

Legislation to regulate and administer the country’s water sector is a crying need, but the Draft National Water Framework Law recently submitted by the Alagh Committee is a disappointment. Shripad Dharmadhikary reports in India Together.

Article, published 30 June 2013.

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In support of a paradigm shift in water

A recent report by the UNICEF highlights the most critical issues faced by the Indian water sector today, urging the establishment to break new ground in resource management and utilization. Shripad Dharmadhikary reports in India Together.

Article, published 22 March 2013.

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Better, but needs more work

The latest draft of the Water Policy is a clear improvement over the previous one, and appears to have taken on board many of the objections to earlier provisions. Still, much more should be done. Shripad Dharmadhikary reports in India Together.

Article, published on 25 July 2012.

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