Politics of Drought Management and Water Control in India

Authored by: S. Mohammed Irshad , Saeid Eslamian

Handbook of Drought and Water Scarcity

Print publication date:  July  2017
Online publication date:  September  2017

Print ISBN: 9781498731003
eBook ISBN: 9781315226774
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9781315226774-22

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Abstract

The unequal impact of drought is increasingly evidenced in the drought-prone areas of Maharashtra state, India. Ongoing relief programs have neglected water scarcity and the control of water by the economically powerful sugar mills and farmers. Mitigation projects are all implemented with the intention of avoiding harm to the economic interests of those who control the water. Sustainable water resource management in this drought-prone area has become an insignificant policy issue, furthering the resource crisis of the state and challenging the concept of ecological sustainability.

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