The India Infrastructure Report 2011 titled Water: Policy and Performance for Sustainable Development, by IDFC focuses on the issues related to water in rural and urban areas. The report deals with water politics, leakage of water in urban areas as well as the lack of water recycling mechanisms.
The unchecked growth in the demand for water, large variations and inequalities in availability across regions and consumer groups, and the effects of climate change are all likely to exacerbate conflicts over water in the future.
The India Infrastructure Report 2011 highlights the need for an immediate and appropriate policy framework from the perspective of rights, ecological justice, and demand management.
Implementing this framework would require a paradigm shift in the approach to water, with a major reorientation of public irrigation management, more emphasis on localized water resource development and watershed management, better coordination among institutions in the planning and delivery of water and sanitation services, improved demand management strategies and more efforts towards reducing water pollution.
Sunita Narain of the Centre for Science and Environment talks about the how authorities and ordinary people can cut down the wastage of water.