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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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Evolving Water Law for the Twenty-First Century

Evolving Water Law for the Twenty-First Century

(p.103) 4 Evolving Water Law for the Twenty-First Century
Water Law, Poverty, and Development

Philippe Cullet

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines three of the main forms of water law reforms that have been and are being introduced in India. It first analyzes water user association legislation and the conceptual framework for participation and decentralization that the new acts propose. The second section considers institutional reforms and, in particular, the setting of independent water regulatory authorities called upon to take away some of the state's functions in the water sector. The third section examines groundwater legislation. This is the only major law reform which does not directly build on water sector reforms and in fact gives the government additional powers to regulate the use of groundwater. The analysis of these three reforms is followed by an overall analysis of these reforms.

Keywords:   water user associations, participation, decentralization, water regulatory authority, institutional reforms, groundwater

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