2021, Vol. 2, Issue 2, Part B
Cost recovery dynamics of water pricing for irrigation in India: Issues and future implications
Author(s): Annie Mahajan
Abstract: Water as a common resource is expected to satisfy the basic human needs. However, the dimension of the scarcity of water has changed the perspective to view the resource as a free venture. The situation is even critical in agriculture which is one of the largest consumers of water. Traditional solutions are becoming obsolete to deal with this problem. To facilitate better water allocation and encourage conservation of the resource, pricing irrigation water appears to be the necessary solution. India among other developing countries uses the maximum water resources in agriculture. The situation is likely to get worse in future where the population growth will overtake the per capita water resources. Surface water resources in the country are charged at prices which are not sufficient to cover the maintenance expenses. Groundwater is outside the ambit of government legislation. Thus, adopting the right pricing strategy with effective institutional framework is the need of the water sector in India. The paper looks into the existing mechanism of levying prices for surface water in terms of cost recovery. The unnoticed usage of groundwater has been discussed. And the prospects of the water sector in India are suggested.
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How to cite this article:
Annie Mahajan. Cost recovery dynamics of water pricing for irrigation in India: Issues and future implications. Asian J Manage Commerce 2021;2(2):112-120.