Solution to Delhi’s never-ending water problems

Asit K. Biswas, Udisha Saklani and Cecilia Tortajada | India Water Review, 2017, Vol. 7, No. 4, pages 14-16

Even as this year’s monsoon rains brings relief to Delhi, its water problems are far from resolved. It is only a matter of time that the residents in Delhi will face the wrath of depleting water supply, poor water quality and bad governance.

Unequal and unreliable water supply in Delhi represents a central paradox of metropolitan cities in India. Despite having per capita income three times the national average, Delhi struggles to provide water supply and sewage disposal services to its residents.

With a population of 16 million people, Delhi is now the second largest city in the world in terms of population. Its population is expected to reach 25 million by 2030. Given its continuing governance challenge, it is difficult to see how Delhi can plan to manage its future water needs for such larger number of people.

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