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Water Insecurity and Patchwork Adaptability in Bangalore’s low-income Neighbourhoods

Publication Type : Journal Article

Publisher : Water International

Source : Water International, 46 (6), 900-918

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Campus : Bengaluru

School : School of Business

Verified : Yes

Year : 2021

Abstract : This paper explores the ‘patchwork adaptability’ of low-income residents living in south-eastern Bangalore in India to demonstrate the socially embedded ways that city dwellers patch their water supply gaps. Drawing upon site visits and semi-structured interviews in three neighbourhood enclaves, the discussion highlights how residents cope with difficult and water-insecure contexts despite the municipality’s resource governance failures. While we encourage appreciation of the remarkable resilience that low-income populations in Bangalore exhibit, the evidence lays bare the need for more government support to help low-income residents navigate water insecurity in ways that require less time-intensive labour and social networking.

Cite this Research Publication : Drew, G., M. G. Deepika., Jyotishi, A., Suripeddi, S (2021), Water Insecurity and Patchwork Adaptability in Bangalore’s low-income Neighbourhoods, Water International, 46 (6), 900-918.

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