India: improving urban water supply and sanitation service provision

India: improving urban water supply and sanitation service provision

This report by World Bank & MoUD in collaboration with the states of Maharashtra, Rajasthan & Haryana identifies key elements of a state-wide program for improving water supply and sanitation services and accountability in India.

The purpose of this report is to distill lessons learnt for improving Water Supply and Sanitation (WSS) services in India, by reference to the recent WSS business plans prepared for the three states of Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Haryana and from various studies carried out by the World Bank on international good practices in urban water service delivery. The report culls out the core elements of the WSS reform program and proposes how such reforms might be implemented. The intended audience for this report is policy makers at the national and state levels, sector professionals and practitioners. The report identifies the key elements of a state-wide program for improving WSS services and accountability on the basis of the following three pillars: policies and institutions: appropriate policies and institutional arrangements that clarify the roles and responsibilities of key actors, and which create service providers that are efficient, accountable and customer focused with sufficient autonomy to manage their affairs in a professional manner; infrastructure and financing: medium term infrastructure development program with appropriate financial frameworks that encourage service providers to rely increasingly on user fees and, later on, loans as their main sources of financing. Any subsidies within that framework should be provided in a targeted and transparent manner to support government policies; and capacity building for professional services: ensuring well trained, knowledgeable and motivated staff to deliver the services in a high quality manner.

See Also

Report: Improving urban water supply & sanitation services - advisory note.

Report: Guiding principles for successful reforms of urban water supply.

Report: Template for assessing the governance of public water supply and sanitation service providers.

Report: Improving governance in the urban water supply & sanitation sector.

Report: PPP for urban water utilities.

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