The groundwater crisis is acquiring alarming proportions in many parts of the country. Strategies to respond to groundwater overuse and deteriorating water quality must be based on a new approach involving typologising the resource problems and redefining the institutional structure governing groundwater. This approach is based on the notion of groundwater as common property.

The SSP on the Narmada River, arguably the lifeline of the State of Gujarat, has always been in the limelight for one reason or another. Now, the project has got drawn into a new controversy. Farmers in the SSP command area have stolidly resisted the idea of giving up any land for the construction of the distribution system.