This report on the new private water supply augmentation project from Madikheda Reservoir, on Sindh River, to Shivpuri town looks at some of the issues concerning existing water supply and sources. It further discusses and analyses the concession contract signed between private operator and Shivpuri Municipal body to execute the project.

Dewas town and industrial area has been witnessing water crisis for more than two decades and is heavily dependent on ground water resources.

This report by Manthan Adhyayan Kendra discusses the concerns around the private water supply augmentation project in Khandwa town in Madhya Pradesh under the Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme for Small and Medium Towns (UIDSSMT), a Government of India scheme for infrastructure development in small and medium town.

There is a surge of privatisation in the water sector in India. It is being justified in the name of bringing in new investments and increasing efficiency to address the myriad problems of the water sector. At the same time, a series of restructuring programs in many states are attempting to reform the water sector and transform it into a fully commercial and market operation.

Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) are supposed to provide solutions to many of the existing problems related to infrastructure projects

This booklet attempts to present: key issues in privatisation and commercialisation of water; global experiences of the promises and practices of privatisation, an overview of privatisation projects in the country, a broad picture of the commercialisation of the water sector under the reforms program, impacts of privatisation and commercialisation and emerging resistance, key players including the World Bank and Asian Development Bank and the roles played by them, and possible options to privatisation.