Interview of Kirit S. Parikh on India’s Water Crisis: Causes and Cures


For insights into what has led to India’s water crisis and what should be done to help alleviate it, NBR spoke with Kirit S. Parikh, chairman of Integrated Research and Action for Development (IRADe) and a former member of the Government of India’s Planning Commission in charge of water and energy issues. Dr. Parikh argues that the country’s water crisis has been caused by a combination of factors, including population growth, dwindling groundwater supplies from over-extraction by farmers, and insufficient investment in treatment facilities at the federal, state, and local levels. He highlights the roles of the central and state governments in addressing this issue and explains why tools like dams—although often opposed—are critical for ensuring the water storage and distribution needed to sustain India’s growth trajectory.

His interview is available on The National Bureau of Asian Research’s (NBR) website. Click here

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The Impacts of India’s Diesel Price Reforms on the Trucking Industry

A report released this week evaluates the impact of higher diesel prices on India’s road freight transport sector.

Published by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and Integrated Research and Action for Development (IRADe), the report finds that the trucking industry is vulnerable to higher fuel costs, and supports the earlier evidence that the fuel costs account for around 55 per cent of their total operating costs.

However, the main finding of the study is that the industry’s weakness is primarily grounded in structural constraints that have squeezed profit margins, while providing truckers with little leverage to pass on higher costs to clients. The study suggests that addressing these constraints—more so than subsidizing the cost of fuel—is the solution to the long-term profitability of the industry.

The Impacts of India’s Diesel Price Reforms on the Trucking Industry is available at


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International Conference on “Cross Border Electricity Trade among South Asian Countries”

We are very glad to announce the international conference on Cross Border Electricity Trade (CBET), which will be held in New Delhi on 4th and 5th October, 2013.

A truly international event

You will be able to share all your experiences with other experts in a truly international atmosphere. This conference will be held at international level. Delegates participating are going to be from South Asian countries.

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IRADe is looking for Finance Head

Position Description: Finance Manager (FM)
Reports to: Executive Director
Supervises: Finance Team
Location: New Delhi
Start Date: Immediate
Application deadline: 31 July, 2013
Consolidated Compensation: 600,000 – 960,000 INR per annum

Interested candidates, please apply immediately. For job description, click here.

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Capacity Building at IRADe

In order to strengthen capacity building initiatives in the area of climate change informed urban development, lectures on the course modules – urban planning, climate change and energy for students of Masters of urban planning course were taken up at School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), New Delhi

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Discover the job opportunities at IRADe!

Should one of the following vacant jobs match your profile and interests, please apply directly at  Candidates are expected to openly offer all relevant information about themselves during the recruitment process.

  • Job Title:  Field Project Coordinator  (Job code: IRADe/SDTT/FPC)

         Number of Positions:  One

        Click here to know details about the position

  • Job Title:  GIS Specialist  (Job code: IRADe/SDTT/GIS)

         Number of Positions:  One

Click here to know details about this position

  • Job Title:  Research Assistant (Job code: IRADe/SDTT/RA)

         Number of Positions:  Two (1 in New Delhi and 1 to be posted near project site(s))

Click here to know details about the position.

Remuneration will be commensurate with experience and expertise.

Interested and eligible candidates may apply with a detailed CV comprising of past experience and three references with a position code at

We look forward to getting to know you and your motivation to join us!

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Publication of New Report “Climate Resilient Urban Development”

The main objective of this study was to develop a rapid assessment of vulnerability of cities by highlighting various risk exposures and vulnerability factors. Urban renewal interventions were identified in order to reduce impacts of climate change and natural hazards risk. Twenty Indian cities were considered from fourteen different states. These cities were categorized in terms of population, ecosystems in which they were located such as mountain, coastal, inland and river-based cities ranging from metros, mega cities, and medium sized cities and other characteristics such as commercial, historical, tourism or pilgrimage destinations, capital city etc. The analysis shows that resilient cities were those that have sustainable infrastructure, efficient governance and informed and capable citizens. To carry out 20 case studies has been a huge task, especially when reliable city level data in India are not available. However, despite the data limitations, the conclusions drawn are robust and that more detailed analysis may not change them, drastically.

The key message was that climate change was one more significant stress and to deal with it, cities would have to be healthy and sustainable to begin with. That is, even under normal circumstances, cities need to be fully functioning first. Once that is achieved, resilience would be created, especially where the climate impact may be mild. In others, stronger and specific action, going beyond sustainability would be required, especially for coastal, river based and Himalayan cities.

The study will help policy makers, urban planners, city administrators, experts, academics, students and aid agencies to appreciate issues regarding climate vulnerability of the cities and help them to deal with climate change related stress and formulate adaptation strategies.

Executive Summary_RF_28 June 2013

This study was supported by the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) and Rockefeller Foundation. The main authors of this study are Dr. Jyoti Parikh, Mr. Priyank Jindal and Ms. Geeta Sandal.

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