Gurgaon-Manesar Urban Complex Challenges of Water Governance, by Pranav N. Desai, TRCSS Policy Brief 01/2018, New Delhi: TRCSS, JNU, December 2018, ISBN: 9788193685716.
The Gurgaon-Manesar urban complex forms a part of one of the world’s top fifteen global megacities and witnessing greater strains of urbanization. Despite planned structure, this region lacks a proper mechanism for adequate water supply, power, and sewage handling mechanisms. Groundwater is the primary source of water supply while the water guzzling construction sector is the major consumer. The unsustainable development towards extensive consumption of water has led to some disturbing consequences with insufficient rainfall, wells drying up and flooding at the same time during the monsoon. Some of the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals that focus are “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all” and “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable”. It is being questioned whether the other sustainable development goals could be achieved without successfully addressing the preceding two goals.