India is endowed with varied topographical features, such as high mountains, extensive plateaus, and wide plains traversed by mighty rivers. Water is an important input in the socio-economic development of a nation. In India, this dependence is even more apparent, as 70% of her population is dependent on agriculture.
Divided into four sections the book provides a comprehensive overview of water resources of India. Beginning with a general description of the country, major hydrologic features, such as climate (precipitation, temperature, radiation, etc.), streamflow, groundwater, soil, etc. are discussed. A detailed treatment of all major river basins is provided, which includes description of catchments, tributaries, surface water and ground water, and important water resources projects. This is followed by a discussion on major uses of water in India, major projects, water related problems including environment and water quality, provisions of the constitution of India, interlinking of India rivers, and institutions dealing with water resources. Finally, the last chapter discusses some views on water management policy for India.
Section 1: Introduction.- 1 Physical Environment of India.- Section 2: Hydrology and Hydrometeorology.- 2 Water Budget and Population of India.- 3 Rainfall and Analysis of Rainfall Data.- 4 Evaporation and other Meteorological Data.- 5 Runoff and Streamflow.- 6 Groundwater.- Section 3: River Basins.- 7 River Basins of India.- 8 Ganga Basin.- 9 Brahmaputra and Barak Basins.- 10 Indus Basin.- 11 Narmada Basin.- 12 Tapi, Sabarmati, and Mahi Basins.- 13 Mahanadi, Subernarekha, and Brahmani Basins.- 14 Krishna and Godavari Basins.- 15 Cauvery and Pennar Basins.- 16 Other Basins and Islands.- Eminent water resources professionals who have made outstanding contributions in India.- Section 4: Water Uses, Projects, Problems, and Governance.- 17 Major Uses of Water in India.- 18 Problems Related to Water Resources Management in India.- 19 Reservoirs and Lakes in India.- 20 Water Quality and Related Aspects.- 21 Constitutional Provisions, Inter-state Water Disputes and Treaties.- 22 Inter Basin Water Transfer.- 23 Institutions in the Field of Hydrology and Water Resources.- 24 Water Governance Concepts for India.- Index.- Appendices