Natural Resources

M. Govinda Rao and Nirvikar Singh

in The Political Economy of Federalism in India

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780195686937
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080571 | DOI:

Series: Oxford India Paperbacks

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This chapter examines federal issues in the utilization of natural resources in India, focusing on the process of resolving interstate water disputes. It describes the general approaches for dispute resolution and India’s particular institutions for managing water resources and its recent experience with interstate river water allocation. It presents three cases of water dispute to illustrate the nature of the costly bargaining process and discusses environmental federalism and federal issues related to minerals. It provides specific recommendations for selecting procedures for settlement of disputes, reducing delays, improving enforcement, and reducing the high influence costs that the current federal system fosters.

Keywords: natural resources; India; interstate water disputes; water dispute resolution; water resources management; river water allocation; minerals; environmental federalism; pollution; forests

Chapter.  10746 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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