"Water resource development projects of varied size and scales are inevitable with the ever increasing demands of the society. However, projects inheritedâ€”ranging from command areas of millions of hectares to very small local level ones have overlapping and at times conflicting objectives. Thus, there is seldom adequate coordination essential for ensuring collective sustainability. Integrated watershed development and management is the accepted answer but it in turn requires a comprehensive framework that can enable a planning process involving all the stakeholders at different levels and scales. Such a compulsory unified hydrological framework is essential to evaluate the cause and effect of all the proposed actions within the drainage basins. Integrated water resources framework for India: A comprehensive planning process should cooperatively work towards identifying the water resource concerns, as well as develop and implement plans with solutions that are environmentally, socially and economically sustainable at various connectivity levels of the drainage system. It is important to understand that integrated water resource management should not merely imply the maintenance of an inventory of activities to be undertaken within a hydrological u
With the ever increasing demands of the society, it is necessary to identify issues and concerns related to water, as well as develop and implement plans with solutions that are environmentally, socially and economically sustainable at various levels. There is seldom proper coordination seen in the water resource projects which is essential for ensuring collective sustainability.
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