World Policy Institute fellow and author Kavitha Rajagopalan investigates the informal water economy of Chennai, a city in southern India. She finds that the government’s failure to dependably distribute clean water has made black-market dealings a necessity. But in such a poorly regulated environment, “clean” water is often dirty, putting millions at risk of falling ill. She puts forward a number of possible plans, including pani panchayats, or citizen-led water councils inspired by institutions in rural India.
Research Article|June 01 2016
Bottling Up Discontent: Chennai’s Black Market for Water
World Policy Journal (2016) 33 (2): 25-33.
Kavitha Rajagopalan; Bottling Up Discontent: Chennai’s Black Market for Water. World Policy Journal 1 June 2016; 33 (2): 25–33. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/07402775-3642476
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