February 25, 2005

2005: Highlight # 10

ITP partnered with PRAVAH and CFDA for a Citizens' Monitoring System to assess the performance of Narmada drinking water pipelines. Hirway and Goswami present results...  

Performance of Narmada-based Drinking Water Supply in Gujarat

Second Round Results from ITP-PRAVAH-CFDA Citizens' Monitoring System

Indira Hirway and Subhrangsu Goswami

The Narmada Pipeline Project (NPP) promises to deliver adequate and safe drinking water to roughly 20 million people in more than 8,000 villages in 16 districts of Gujarat. At a cost of nearly Rs. 7,500 crore, the project is the largest drinking water project of its kind in the world.

ITP, PRAVAH and CFDA collaborated on a Citizens' Monitoring System to provide upto-date information about the progress in the implementation of NPP, in the public domain. This Highlight discusses the results of the second-round of the surveys which found that while majority of the identified beneficiary groups seem to access water from the scheme, there is still a lot to be done with respect to ensure equity in water distribution, organize communities for local management, volumetric pricing, and water quality testing.

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