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Abstract: This paper discusses the institutions, access, and entitlements to water supply in urban households in slum clusters and developed regions. The major institutions of water supply in the area of study are the municipal tap, self provision by groundwater sources, and water vendors. The planned urban limit and the unplanned urban limit are the sole factors that determine the institutional arrangements for water supply and the availability of combination of sources between the regions. Sen's entitlements approach is applied for estimating access to water supply among different income groups, institutions, and regions. The study finds that the quantity of water access differs between the developed regions and the slum clusters, which highlights the inefficiency of institutional arrangements and the prevalence of inequality in water access.