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Socio-Economic Analysis of Arsenic Contamination of Groundwater in West Bengal

  • Abhijit Das
  • Joyashree Roy
  • Sayantan Chakraborti

Part of the India Studies in Business and Economics book series (ISBE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Abhijit Das, Joyashree Roy, Sayantan Chakrabarti
    Pages 1-4
  3. Abhijit Das, Joyashree Roy, Sayantan Chakrabarti
    Pages 5-8
  4. Abhijit Das, Joyashree Roy, Sayantan Chakrabarti
    Pages 9-11
  5. Abhijit Das, Joyashree Roy, Sayantan Chakrabarti
    Pages 13-17
  6. Abhijit Das, Joyashree Roy, Sayantan Chakrabarti
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  7. Abhijit Das, Joyashree Roy, Sayantan Chakrabarti
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  8. Abhijit Das, Joyashree Roy, Sayantan Chakrabarti
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  9. Abhijit Das, Joyashree Roy, Sayantan Chakrabarti
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  10. Abhijit Das, Joyashree Roy, Sayantan Chakrabarti
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  11. Abhijit Das, Joyashree Roy, Sayantan Chakrabarti
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  12. Abhijit Das, Joyashree Roy, Sayantan Chakrabarti
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  13. Abhijit Das, Joyashree Roy, Sayantan Chakrabarti
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  14. Abhijit Das, Joyashree Roy, Sayantan Chakrabarti
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  15. Abhijit Das, Joyashree Roy, Sayantan Chakrabarti
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  16. Abhijit Das, Joyashree Roy, Sayantan Chakrabarti
    Pages 67-68
  17. Back Matter
    Pages 69-136

About this book

Introduction

This book presents a socio-economic analysis of the issues linking technological innovation in providing arsenic-safe drinking water in rural areas. It presents concrete field based experiences of experiments and case studies depicting the plight and sufferings of people due to failed technological deployment strategies over the past two decades in West Bengal, the most arsenic-exposed state in India and also the first to act for remediation of the crisis. One of the greatest challenges in arsenic-exposed zones is to provide sustainable access to reliably arsenic-safe free water. For nearly twenty years the Government of India and national water distribution institutions in collaboration with multi-lateral funding agencies have sought to pump in money, push technology collected through global tenders, and enlist the support of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), but their efforts have yielded little success. This book is the outcome of the authors’ intensive fieldwork, guided by the conceptual framework of the latest literature on environmental economics and consumer behaviour. It presents a framework and estimates based on field level primary data. Secondary official source-based data are also collated from various scattered sources into a valuable, comprehensive collection.  Lastly, the book includes a revealing analysis of factors affecting households’ participation.

Keywords

Arsenic Contamination Arsenic in Groundwater Groundwater Contamination Groundwater Crisis Safe Drinking Water Water Rights

Authors and affiliations

  • Abhijit Das
    • 1
  • Joyashree Roy
    • 2
  • Sayantan Chakraborti
    • 3
  1. 1.JadavpurSantospurKolkataIndia
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsJadavpur UniversityKolkataIndia
  3. 3.Jadavpur, Flat No 7Shri Ram AshrayKolkataIndia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-0682-1
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-0680-7
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-0682-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2198-0012
  • Series Online ISSN 2198-0020
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