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An Exploratory Study of DMIC Water Uses

Arvind Singh

Water availability for human consumption and other uses is a priority of any welfare government. Beside human consumption, water availability for industrial use has become a major challenge for the governments vying for rapid industrialization for achieving high growth rate and increasing employment opportunities. Drought prone state like Rajasthan faces an uphill task to manage its drinking water supply in lean years let alone providing enough water for its industries. With two third of DMIC project running through Rajasthan, it throws major challenge before authorities to manage water supply needed by the industries planned under DMIC. This paper throws light on the features of DMIC project in Rajasthan. in terms of land acquisition and demarcation by authorities, plans for water supply, management, recycle and reuse of water, tackling infrastructure impediments related to rehabilitation and resettlement and planning for proving a standard urban life to the people coming to work in the DMIC industrial zones. With all the emerging trends in Management, Science and Technology, proper water management offers not only multifaceted opportunities but also many challenges to overcome.  This paper identifies water as one of the biggest impediments in successful development of DMIC in Rajasthan. Though authorities have focused much on recycle and reuse of water besides bringing in water from Chambal river, flowing 250 KM away. However, the paper concludes that success of DMIC is going to depend on how authorities manages water need of the industry and people in the area in coming decades and current plans are not only too optimistic but may also result in disastrous failure of DMIC in Rajasthan.

Rajasthan, DMIC, Water, Management, Industries
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