Laws relating to water in India have diverse origins, including ancient local customs and the British Common Law. The in-depth chapters in this compendium, written by luminaries from various fields, pertain to issues on water and proceed to a discussion of the legal questions that arise. This volume thus straddles two domains, viz., (i) water-resource policy, management, conservation, conflict-resolution, etc., and (ii) water law. The book also briefly raises and explores the case for a constitutional declaration on water and an overarching national water law.
The book is an invaluable resource for policy-makers, planners and administrators concerned with water at the Central, State and local levels; students, academics and practitioners in the domains of water as well as law; and social scientists, NGOs and activists concerned with the various issues discussed in the book. It should be useful as a main or supplementary textbook in universities and research or management institutions where any aspect of water (engineering, ecological, legal, social, economic, management or other) is a subject of study.
Ramaswamy R Iyer is Honorary Research Professor at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. He served in the civil service for 34 years before retiring as Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources.
Introduction - Ramaswamy R IyerI. A PRELIMINARY OVERVIEWLegal Aspects of Water Resource Management - A Vaidyanathan and Bharat Jairaj II. WATER AND FEDERALISM Water in India: Constitutional Perspectives - Kamala SankaranInter-State Water Disputes: A Nightmare! - Fali S NarimanNation vs Peoples: Inter-State Water disputes in India's Supreme Court - Radha D'SouzaIII. WATER: SOME MAJOR LEGAL THEMES Riparianism in Indian Water Jurisprudence - Tony George PuthucherrilThe Ownership of Water in Indian Laws - Videh Upadhyay The Human Right to Water: Policies and Rights - Upendra BaxiCommunity Engagement in Water Governance - M S VaniWater Use: Legal and Institutional Framework - K J Joy and Suhas ParanjapeDrinking Water Supply: Right and Obligation - K C Sivaramakrishnan Water, Women and Rights - Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt IV. SOME WATER-RELATED PROBLEMS: Legal Aspects Floods and Some Legal Concerns - Dinesh Kumar MishraWater Pollution and Contamination - Paritosh C TyagiV. AUGMENTING WATER Big Water Resource Projects - Manju Menon and Kanchi KohliEnvironmental Decision Making in India: A CritiqueThe Contours of EIA in India - Shyam Divan Displacement in the Name of Development - Himanshu ThakkarGroundwater Law In India: A New Approach - M S Vani Local Water ManagementIndian Laws and Acts on Traditional Tank Irrigation Systems - Dhan Foundation VI. WATER LAW REFORM Water Law Reforms in India: Trends and Prospects - Philippe Cullet and Roopa MadhavWater Law for India: Science and Philosophy Perspectives - T N NarasimhanVII: DRAWING THE THREADS TOGETHER A Synoptic Survey and Thoughts on Change - Ramaswamy R IyerAppendix: List of Selected Water and Related Statutes in India - Farhana Z KhanIndex