Peri-urban areas losing access to water due to urbanisation, says research

The research covers two locations in India (Gurgaon and Hyderabad), Kathmandu in Nepal and Khulna in Bangladesh

GN Bureau | August 23, 2016


#Saciwaters   #IDRC   #research   #urbanisation   #water   #peri-urban   #climate change   #rainfall  
Peri-urban areas losing access to water due to urbanisation, says research
Peri-urban areas losing access to water due to urbanisation, says research


A new research supported by international development research centre (IDRC) has shown that peri-urban areas lose access to their water sources due to growing urbanisation. The research was conducted by Saciwaters and was published as a book ‘Water security in peri-urban South Asia: Adapting to climate change and urbanization.’

The research covers two locations in India (Gurgaon and Hyderabad), Kathmandu in Nepal and Khulna in Bangladesh.

While releasing the book in Delhi, IDRC regional director Anindya Chatterjee said, “Growth of modern cities is leading to appropriation of land and water from peri-urban spaces.”

The main findings of the research are:


Losing access to water

Peri-urban communities in these four cities have lost access to water sources due to urbanisation. These include:

  • Filling up of water bodies for urban expansion and infrastructure (Hyderabad and Gurgaon)
  • Physical flow of water from rural to urban areas through tankers (Kathmandu and Hyderabad)
  • Extraction of groundwater by industry and affluent urban elite and dumping of urban and industrial waste in water sources (Khulna)
  • Acquisition of land for urban expansion (Khulna, Gurgaon and Hyderabad)
     

Changing rainfall patterns
Urban flooding is common in all the four cities, resulting in crop damage and failure.  With a loss of access to sources of irrigation such as tube wells on account of urban expansion and a change in the seasonal distribution and pattern of rainfall, there is a growing reliance on wastewater irrigation. 


Encroachment of water bodies and climate change
In coastal cities like Khulna, peri-urban water bodies have been encroached, and there is a rise in sea level and salinity intrusion as a result of climate change. In cities like Hyderabad and Gurgaon, acquisition of areas of villages is depriving local communities of access to natural resources on which they depend for their livelihoods.


 

Comments

 

Other News

How inequality keeps rising amid pandemic – and is killing people

The world’s ten richest men more than doubled their fortunes from $700 billion to $1.5 trillion (at a rate of $15,000 per second or $1.3 billion a day) during the first two years of a pandemic while the incomes of 99 percent of humanity fall and over 160 million more people forced into poverty. A new

Vistadome coaches on Central Railways a hit with passengers

The Vistadome coaches on Central Railways have received an overwhelming response from passengers. Not only have they boosted tourism and registered an occupancy of 20,407 passengers but also clocked revenue of Rs.2.38 crore between October and December 2021.   The CSMT-Madgaon-CSMT Jansh

Omicron on relentless run: India records 2.68 lakh cases

India is once again caught in a spike of Covid-19 cases, with the highly transmittable omicron driving numbers. The total cases in the country continued to increase on Saturday, recording 2.68 lakh cases in 24 hours. India`s active caseload currently stands at 14,17,820 or 3.85%, while the r

Bill Gates, charity and the dilemma of already successful people

Mantra and the meaning of Success By Rajesh Talwar Bridging Borders, 288 pages Rajesh Talwar, who works as Deputy Legal Adviser to the United Nations Mission in Afghanistan, has written 31 books, and on January 15 he is releasing one more. ‘

An inquisitive reader’s guide to Ramayana, Mahabharata and the Puranas

Essence of the Fifth Veda By Gaurang Damani Divine Destination, 234 pages, Rs 350 ‘Veda’ literally means ‘knowledge’.

Humility: Going beyond binaries to deliver justice to tribals

Being Adivasi: Existence, Entitlements, Exclusion [Part of ‘Rethinking India’ series] Edited by Abhay Flavian Xaxa and G.N. Devy Penguin, xxvi+182 pages, Rs 699 ‘Being Adivasi: Existence, Entitlements, Exclusion’ (Penguin India), edited by

Visionary Talk: Farmer`s Agitation, Rakesh Tikait with Kailashnath Adhikari


Archives

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter