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, Volume 41, Issue 7, pp 777–781 | Cite as

Cleaning of the Singapore River and Kallang Basin in Singapore: Human and Environmental Dimensions

  • Yugal Kishore Joshi
  • Cecilia Tortajada
  • Asit K. Biswas
Synopsis

Introduction

While much of the attention in recent years has been paid to water scarcity issues, the problem that is more likely to precipitate a major water crisis in the coming years is not physical availability of the resource but regular deterioration of its quality because of continuing neglect in most parts of the world. All over the developing world, rivers and lakes within and around urban centres are already grossly contaminated with known and unknown pollutants. It is indeed a development paradox that people are clamoring for a better quality of life, and yet their economic, social, and environmental conditions are not improving according to their expectations, many times because of steady degradation of the environmental conditions.

Throughout decades of international debates on environment and development-related issues, one of the very few countries that have laid the foundations for its growth through sound and consistent environment and development policies has been...

Keywords

Public Housing National Archive Cleaning Operation Mass Rapid Transit Public Housing Development 
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Notes

Acknowledgments

This article is part of a broader research project on urban water management in Singapore sponsored by the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, Singapore, and the Third World Centre for Water Management, Mexico.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yugal Kishore Joshi
    • 1
  • Cecilia Tortajada
    • 3
  • Asit K. Biswas
    • 2
  1. 1.Sr DSC/RPF/Delhi (West), Northern Railway, Delhi DivisionNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public PolicyNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore
  3. 3.Third World Centre for Water ManagementAtizapánMexico

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