Gujarat is one of India’s economic powerhouses, but its geographical conditions mean that most of the state’s districts face water deficits. In 2002, emergency arrangements to meet water shortages were replaced with a longer-term strategy: the construction and management of the State-Wide Water Supply Grid. This scheme moves towards connecting 47 million people to safe, potable water supplies. It has also positioned Gujarat as a pioneer in India in terms of moving towards water security and conservation, a policy choice that has boosted economic growth and made important strides towards human development.
By Andrea Biswas-Tortajada, 2014. Article published in International Journal of Water Resources Development, Volume 30, Issue 1, pages 78-90. DOI: 10.1080/07900627.2013.871971