Bangalore Urban and Rural District

  • Submit complete list of wetlands: NGT to States The National Green Tribunal has ordered all the State Governments to submit a complete list of wetlands under their jurisdiction. The order has come following a petition that has been filed which claimed that large areas which are ecologically importa...
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  • Good southwest monsoon expected this year as El Nino declines Owing to the declining El Nino condition, the Government is expecting a good monsoon this year after two long years of deficient rainfall. The states have been directed to come up with plans to boost crop acreage and and produc...
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  • Maharashtra reeling under its worst water crisis With no live storage in many reservoirs in Maharashtra, the State is having a tough time in providing drinking water to its people. With intensifying drinking water scarcity, the number of tankers supplying drinking water to remote villages and hamle...
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  • India has had very little to celebrate on World Wetlands Day this year as it has lost its wetlands at an alarming rate of 38% in just a decade (1991-2001). Additionally, there continues to be a regulatory vacuum around wetlands, because of which they continue to be ungoverned and unprotect...
    aarti kelkar kh...posted 1 month 3 weeks agoread more
  • Activists oppose Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's World Culture Festival along the Yamuna flood plains The Art of Living Foundation is organising a 3 day festival from March 11-13, 2016 on the floodplains of the Yamuna river near Mayur Vihar. 3.5 million poeple are expected to gather together at the festival...
    swatiposted 1 month 3 weeks agoread more
  • CPCB finds Coca Cola plant in Hapur pumping toxic water into a pond The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has found that the Coca Cola plant in Hapur, Uttar Pradesh, has been pumping out nearly 350 kilo litres of toxic wastewater a day into a pond, and that the effluent treatmen...
    swatiposted 3 months 1 week agoread more
  • Panel finds Bengaluru Development Authority (BDA) and private builders responsible for 11,000 acres of lake land encroachment According to the Lakebed Encroachment Committee, nearly 11,000 acres of lake area from 1545 lakes in both urban and rural districts of Bengaluru have been encroached. Of thi...
    swatiposted 3 months 2 weeks agoread more
  • World-wide campaign against impacts of water privatisation The Nagpur Municipal Corporation Employees Union has launched a world-wide campaign against the much-hyped water privatisation. Boston-based Corporate Accountability International and France-based Public Services International will be helpi...
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  • Rachenahalli is one of the few living lakes in north Bangalore. It is connected to water bodies upstream and downstream, particularly Jakkur Lake on the north-east. Both these lakes have been rejuvenated at substantial costs by the Bangalore Development Authority over the last decade. A sewage ...
    Usha Dewaniposted 4 months 1 week agoread more
  • CAG report blames Uttarakhand Government for 2013 flash floodsPer the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report, the Uttarakhand Government's unpreparedness and failure to learn from previous natural disaster aggravated the 2013 flash floods in the State. Before that, the State had witnessed two ...
    swatiposted 5 months 3 weeks agoread more
  • Lakes spewing foam and catching fire in Bangalore made big news for several weeks but this is just an indication of the times to come as we fill up water bodies with effluents or turn them into sewage dumps in most cities across India. India Water Portal talks to Leo F. Saldanha of Bangalore-based E...
    Manu Moudgilposted 6 months 1 week agoread more
  • Monsoon leaves the country with 39% area still parchedAround 39% of the country's area has received deficient to scanty rainfall this year. 18 out of 36 states and Union Territories have been affected including the top grain producing states like Punjab, Haryana, UP, MP and Bihar. In addition t...
    swatiposted 7 months 1 day agoread more
  • Social Impact Assessment alone not enough for Yettinahole, say activistsThe Karnataka Government has decided to conduct a Social Impact Assessment (SIA) study for the Yettinahole project through the Revenue Department. However, activists have also been demanding an Environment Impact Assessment (EIA...
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  • About Arghyam’s GW-SAN Nexus Research ProgrammeThis Groundwater- Sanitation Nexus Research Programme has been developed to deepen the understanding of linkages between ground-water and sanitation in the Indian context, and move towards an integrated approach. At present, the empirical evidence or ...
    sabitakaushalposted 9 months 2 days agoread more
  • India set to become water scarce in 10 years time: Govt tells ParliamentCiting a recent study, Minister of State for Water Resources Sanwar Lal Jat, said that India's demand for water is expected to exceed all current sources of supply and become water scarce by the 2025. According to him, the ...
    sabitakaushalposted 9 months 3 days agoread more
  • Maharashtra recorded highest number of farmers' suicides during 2014Data released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has shown that Maharashtra recorded the highest number of farmers' suicides in 2014. Nearly 2,568 farmer suicides were registered in the state, which are fewer than those in ...
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  • Water tankers are a common sight in most Indian cities and so are tanker businesses that extract and deliver groundwater via trucks or tractors to hundreds of residential neighbourhoods at a negotiated price. Most of these are informal or unauthorised. Who are the water mafia and how do they operat...
    aarti kelkar kh...posted 11 months 1 week agoread more
  • Toxic foam observed in Bengaluru lakes Three major lakes in Bengaluru -- Bellandur, Varthur, and Yemalur -- look like a giant pool of foam these days. Some residents even thought that it resembled snow! The foam has been formed due to high content of ammonia and phosphate coupled with very low...
    swatiposted 1 year 51 min agoread more
  • The morning of the Kere Habba on February 21, 2015, saw over 30 volunteers coming in as early as 7 a.m. and setting to work stringing festoons and paper lanterns between trees, sticking event posters, and more. Almost all the decorative items were home made by the children and adults. Snehadhar...
    priyadposted 1 year 2 months agoread more
  • Hi All, I need guidance on whether we need slotted piping/casing for our borewell or not? What are pros and cons for this? The pump was stuck and was fished out through steel cable after cutting the water supply pipe. The scanning report says that there are loose bolders in the first 200ft of 1100...
    GAURAV SHARMAposted 1 year 2 months agoread more

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Good southwest monsoon expected this year as El Nino declines

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A study by IISc on the city's water bodies argues that poor governance, lack of a sense of belonging, and poor implementation of regulatory norms has caused this situation.

India has had very little to celebrate on World Wetlands Day this year as it has lost its wetlands at an alarming rate of 38% in just a decade (1991-2001). Additionally, there continues to be a regulatory vacuum around wetlands, because of which they continue to be ungoverned and unprotected.

Lakes as one of the valuable wetlands of Bangalore

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Activists oppose Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's World Culture Festival along the Yamuna flood plains

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CPCB finds Coca Cola plant in Hapur pumping toxic water into a pond

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Panel finds Bengaluru Development Authority (BDA) and private builders responsible for 11,000 acres of lake land encroachment

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World-wide campaign against impacts of water privatisation

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It provides natural resources to people living around it, acts as a sink for fisher folk cleaning fish or women doing laundry, and receives treated sludge from new residences around it.

Rachenahalli is one of the few living lakes in north Bangalore. It is connected to water bodies upstream and downstream, particularly Jakkur Lake on the north-east. Both these lakes have been rejuvenated at substantial costs by the Bangalore Development Authority over the last decade. A sewage treatment plant (STP) with a capacity to treat 10 million litres a day was set up north of Jakkur Lake by the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB). Water from the STP flows into Rachenahalli Lake when Jakkur Lake overflows during monsoon.

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