“Water Mafias” of Delhi?

Two recent pieces on Delhi’s ‘water mafias’.  A very nice piece by Aman Sethi, who I met a couple of times during the writing, which highlights the groundwater, governance and planning issues, as well as the similarities to unplanned urbanisation taking place across northern India.  Aman’s got some excellent interviews, and the details on informal water user groups and pricing are super!


There is another piece on the BBC here:


These academic pieces are also definitely worth a look…

Ranganathan, M. 2014. ‘Mafias’ in the waterscape: Urban informality and everyday public authority in Bangalore. Water Alternatives 7(1): 89-105

Graham, S., Desai, R., & McFarlane, C. (2013). Water wars in Mumbai. Public Culture, 25(1 69), 115-141.