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Water Law, Poverty, and DevelopmentWater Sector Reforms in India$
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Philippe Cullet

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199546237

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546237.001.0001

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Evolution of Water Law

Evolution of Water Law

(p.33) 2 Evolution of Water Law
Water Law, Poverty, and Development

Philippe Cullet

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines Indian water law as it developed over the years before the introduction of the current water law reforms. It focuses on issues related to access to and control over water which have been at the centre of the development of water law over time. It analyzes in particular the various forms of control from government ownership to the various types of individual claims over water that have been condoned. It also examines two relatively more recent trends in water, the recognition of a human right to water, and the addition of an environmental perspective to water law. The final section considers the need for water law reform related to the unadapted nature of what is essentially an old water law to address the challenges of the present.

Keywords:   sovereignty over water, public trust, riparian rights, individual water rights, human right to water, environment law, water law, water law reforms

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