Whose water? Whose profits? The role of informal water markets in groundwater depletion in peri-urban Hyderabad

Sumit Vij*, Anshika John, Anamika Barua

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Abstract

Urbanising cities of India are engulfing the peri-urban land and water resources. Informal water sellers, who transfer water from peri-urban to urban areas, meet the growing water demand in Hyderabad, one of the fastest growing cities in India. This article qualitatively explores how informal water tankers are changing the flows of water, posing challenges to water access for peri-urban residents. We conclude that apart from the state's infrastructural and capacity challenges to provide piped water, power interplay between actors is responsible for the mushrooming of informal water markets. The transfer of water has contributed to groundwater depletion as well as to the water insecurity of peri-urban residents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1081-1095
Number of pages15
JournalWater Policy
Volume21
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2019

Keywords

  • Groundwater
  • Hyderabad (India)
  • Informal water market
  • Peri-urban
  • Power interplay
  • Water tankers

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