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

Published inWater policy, vol. 21, no. 5, p. 1081-1095
Publication date2019-10-01
First online date2019-08-26
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.

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VIJ, Sumit, JOHN, Anshika, BARUA, Anamika. Whose water? Whose profits? The role of informal water markets in groundwater depletion in peri-urban Hyderabad. In: Water policy, 2019, vol. 21, n° 5, p. 1081–1095. doi: 10.2166/wp.2019.129
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