India's Waters: Environment, Economy, and Development

Mahesh Chandra Chaturvedi

December 20, 2011 by CRC Press
Reference - 408 Pages - 34 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439872833 - CAT# K13369


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  • Illustrates development of world's largest and unique river system in India, both in historic and future perspectives
  • Provides a source book for agencies involved in water resources development and environmental management, globally
  • Supplies insight from an authority in water resource management, associated with Harvard University and Fellow, International Water Resources Association (IWRA)
  • Details the development of India' water systems in terms of economical, environmental, legal and river basin development issues


Regulation of India’s rivers and other water systems has been evolving for thousands of years in the face of varying socioeconomic and technological conditions. India's Waters: Environment, Economy, and Development is a study of the current state of development, and proposed future development policies of the government of India, which is the developmental agency.

The author first addresses India’s physical and hydrological environment. He explains how the government, using his research, has estimated its usable resources and water requirements for life, environment, and economy for the next half-century. The book describes how, based on its own assessment, the government has made detailed suggestions about developing India’s water resources.

After covering the overall national study and analysis, the author addresses the current development of the major river basins— the Indus and Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna (GBM) basins, as well as the Central, Peninsular and others. He follows with analysis of watershed, groundwater, and command area development. Inter-basin water transfer has been considered throughout India’s long history. This book briefly details suggestions for interlinking India’s rivers and concludes by presenting legal framework and institutional issues.

This is the first of Dr. M.C. Chaturvedi’s three studies on the waters of India. The second, India’s Waters: Advances in Development and Management, presents his proposals for revolutionizing their development, and the third focuses on development of the GBM basin, which is now an international river system. These studies are a unique contribution to the science and art of water resource development from a highly respected expert. He has designed most of the major projects in the Ganga basin and continues to teach and conduct research at the international level.