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National water mission – vol I

Draft proposal prepared by the Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India. With water scarcity projected to worsen as a result of climate change, the plan sets a goal of a 20% improvement in water use efficiency through pricing and other measures. The report highlights that any climate change may alter both the precipitation received on the Indian territory as also the hydrology of the catchments in the upper riparian countries. Thus, the climate change in these countries, and the larger utilizations in these countries (including the additional demand driven by climate change) would alter the Indian water situation. It argues that in view of the increased water stress and shortage of storage sites, multipurpose developments will become very important.