A Study of Urban Water Services and Service Level Benchmark Standards in Aizawl (Mizoram) Municipal Area

A Study of Urban Water Services and Service Level Benchmark Standards in Aizawl (Mizoram) Municipal Area

ABSTRACT

Rapid and unchecked urbanization entails huge resource crunch in Aizawl, among them is water resource. Inadequacy of the resource is enhanced by its location in a hilly terrain. Urban local bodies are legally attributed with four basic urban services including water supply. In Mizoram, Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) provides water services to the urban citizens. It is a challenge for the implementing department to maintain quality services. The Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India has prescribed the standard service level benchmark and the Thirteenth Finance Commission (2010-2015) has also made it mandatory to notify the service level benchmark and to prepare plans to reach the marks accordingly. The present study evaluates the status of current scenario of urban water supply services and the service level benchmark issued by the Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation Department (UD&PA), Government of Mizoram.

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