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PAC study on the challenges to Water Security in Peri-Urban India

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Urbanisation is a prominent vehicle of development in the global south. Studies of development and its related issues have thus traditionally categorised space into urban and rural, with each category being prescribed certain characteristics. Over the past decade, a new amalgamated space that straddles the boundaries of both these categories has been drawing the attention of scholars. Known as the ‘Peri-Urban Interface’ (PUI), this area is defined as ‘zone of (dynamic) transition or interaction between urban and rural areas; usually used in the context of rapidly urbanizing poor countries’.

The consequence of increasing urbanisation is an unprecedented pressure on the urban infrastructure and resources. Access to water in urban India at present is already severely constrained. Most Indian cities have formal water supply for only a few hours a day and only in limited areas. So, where is the water to meet the remaining requirements going to come from? As India is becoming increasingly urbanised, the municipal corporations are not able to cope with the rising water demand for various reasons.

This study assess water security in peri-urban areas based on the approach of Climate Change Scorecard, an approach developed by Public Affairs Centre (PAC) which is based on citizen science and collective citizen action has been applied in this study. This approach tries to answer two fundamental questions.

  • How can world’s citizens, who have a vital stake in identifying a global solution to the present climate crisis, become actors in the effort to resolve it? and
  • How can social concerns of citizens and communities be mobilised to help forge a collective will and develop the knowledge to educate the public and governments on the urgency and the need for climate protection?

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