This visionary and thought-provoking study is a must read for political leaders, policymakers, business executives, and leaders of civic society interested in India's long-term development. It presents a much needed longer term vision of Indian society and economy within which today's policy debates and actions must be anchored. The volume presents a persuasive case that if India succeeds in sustaining its recent economic success over the longer term (as many East Asian economies have done in the past), India can realistically aspire to become an affluent society within one generation. The study is being released just as the new Indian government is taking office in a political environment that presents a truly unique opportunity to put India into a longer term sustained growth trajectory with financial stability.
Chapter 7: Environmental Quality for India's Citizens: Meeting Needs and Expectations of a More Affluent Society
Environmental Quality for India's Citizens: Meeting Needs and Expectations of a More Affluent Society
[Page 120][Page 121]One of the most visible improvements in the quality of life, as India moves from a poor society to an affluent society, must be in the quality of the environment in which its citizens live. Instead of the poor quality of air, water and sanitation and the general squalor amidst which the vast majority of Indians live today, citizens of an affluent India would expect and deserve high quality utility services (water and sanitation), clean air and clean (and safe) streets along the lines of Madrid, Singapore and Seoul today.
This transformation in the quality of ...