, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 39–72 | Cite as

Water in India’s development: Issues, developmental policy and programmes, and planning approach

  • Mahesh C Chaturvedi


The importance of water resources development for sustaining life and the agrarian economy under the conditions prevalent in India is brought out. The inadequacy of drinking water and irrigation facilities inspite of large investments under the various Plans is very disappointing, as also the poor development of the hydroelectric potential. Despite the rich environmental and natural resources of India, there has been very little developmental work due to various reasons, chief of them being non-involvement by specialized technologists in the areas where they matter most. The need for a scientific policy and a planned approach is emphasized so that higher employment generation and rapid economic growth can be achieved.


Water resources development developmental policy technological planning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mahesh C Chaturvedi
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  1. 1.Applied Mechanics DepartmentIndian Institute of TechnologyNew DelhiIndia

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