Natural Resource Management

Ms. Nirupama Tete

Room No: Faculty Room 2 ,
Department of Economics


She earned her Masters and M.Phil from Ravenshaw University and currently pursuing her Ph.D from Ravenshaw University. She was awarded the Surjit Gold Medal as the best graduate in Arts (Economics) in Christ College for securing highest mark in aggregate in Bachelors of Arts conducted by Utkal University .She Qualified the UGC-NET and was   appointed as An Assistant Professor in Economics in North Orissa University, Baripada now named as Sriram Chandra Bhanja Deo University .Later  she  joined Ravenshaw University in the same position. Her M.Phil thesis was based on allocation of water in agricultural and industrial sector of Odisha. Her current research area is focussed upon the water resource management related to the domestic supply. She is currently teaching money banking and financial institutions and markets, international Economics, Public economics to Undergraduate and post graduate students.

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Economics of Urban Domestic Water Supply

In most of the developing countries the quality of water is a major concern. Water scarcity occurs due to either the physical quantity of water is low or the existing quality of water is unfit for human use. Rapid urbanization has outpaced the capacities of many countries to meet the basic human needs for providing clean drinking water and sanitation. In other words most of the suppliers of water within developing nations are incapable of supplying adequate and clean water to all citizens. 

India falls under the category of water scarcity where overexploitation of ground water and mismanagement of water resources has led to the scarcity of water. In most of the Indian cities in India, the access to clean water supply is available for few hours per day. No major cities have 24 hours supply of water with only 4 to 5 hours as a norm. Less than 50 per cent of urban population has access to piped water .There is often water leakages in the water pipes that lead to wastage of water. It is estimated that 40 to 70 percent of the water gets distributed through three diverse systems 1) a pipeline,2) mobile trucks and other forms of mobile vending 3) containers that people in communities use to move water from the supply point and store at home, while the maintenance cost recovery through user grants is hardly 30 to 40 percent.(World Bank ,2011). Even the portable water available for domestic purpose is highly vulnerable and contaminated. Application of too much of chlorine in water has also created various health issues. Other water borne diseases like diarrhoea and dysentery are generally associated with lack of sufficient access to clean water and sanitation. 

Apart from the various instruments, Odisha usually follows the fixed access fee which varies from place to place. The water infrastructure needs to be self sustainable. Therefore water pricing is necessary. As per the state water policy the cost of operation and management should be recovered from the beneficiaries. Hence charges for domestic water pricing has been revised thrice during 1994, 1998, 2010.(Dept. of Water Resources ). So far no systematic research study has been undertaken with regard to pricing of domestic water in urban areas in Odisha. The pricing differs with the quality of water supplied e.g, filtered, unfiltered, tube well supplies etc. This study will reveal the problems in supply of drinking water in cities of Odisha and suggest a rationalized water price structure based on costs of water delivery and demand for water.

Household Perception on Water Consumption in Urban Area

Perception is regarded as a driving force of decision making in household management of Water quality for a good life. A negative perception of the existing water consumption will Lead to adopting self-management by the household in its all concern. This paper aims to Investigate the perception of the household towards quality water consumption through the determinants of adopting water quality management technology. In this regard, primary data has been collected through systematic sampling and analyzed through a logit model. The result shows that most of the households reported the water quality is bad in quality. The monthly income of the household, years of education of the head of the household, source of Water, age of the head of the household and location of the house are the significant factor in Determining the perception to adopt a water quality management technique. A majority of the Households don’t have any knowledge regarding the chemical contamination of water. The Slums regions are more prone to water-related issues.

Ongoing Project

  1. Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Services: An Assessment of Chilika Wetland Ecosystem of Odisha, Under Center of Odishan Studies.
  1. Muduli , R. & Tete , N.(2020), “Socio-economic Status of the fishing communities in Jagatsinghpur: A Case Study of three Villages in Paradeep Municipality”In K . Das , Management and sustainability of natural resources (p.p 184-196) City Publisher
  2. Tete, N (2020), “The status of Child Health care among the Tribal Communities in Odisha”, Scholary Research Journal for Interdisciplinary Studies”Vol-8,pp-14027/14034

Teaching :

  1. Monetary Economics and Financial Institutional and markets
  2. International Economics
  3. Public Economics