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  • Tenzing Lepcha, the lead activist of Affected Citizens of Teesta (ACT), is proud of his work in the last year. “All this was overgrown,” he says pointing at the orderly farm. “I created the fields myself.” He shows us the carefully dug out pond for water storage, the irrigation system, the c...
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  • As we sit sipping tea with him, Ugen Lepcha calmly spells out his stand. “Even if it means having to leave my (political) party, I will continue to be against dams,” he says. Ugen Lepcha, the president of Passingang gram panchayat in the Dzongu area of Sikkim, clearly has courage when it comes t...
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  • Reuse of wastewater becomes mandatory in Maharashtra Maharashtra government has adopted a new policy that makes municipalities responsible for recycling wastewater and reusing treated wastewater to cool thermal power plants, serve industrial estates, and for other non-potable purposes. The governme...
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  • Bhagalpur canal in Bihar collapses during trial run A day before its inauguration, the Bhagalpur canal, worth Rs 389.31 crore collapsed after being forcefully hit by the water from the Ganga river. The project is a part of the ambitious Gateshwar Panth Canal Project which has been planned to improv...
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  • Maharashtra cabinet decides on drip irrigation for sugarcane cultivation  In a bid to save water, the Maharashtra cabinet has decided to make drip irrigation a must for sugarcane cultivation. The state is estimated to save 7,500 to 12,500 cubic metre water per hectare by bringing around 3.05 l...
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  • People of Sikkim stand against Teesta hydel project The proposed 520 MW Teesta Stage IV hydropower project in Sikkim is being opposed by the indigenous Lepchas, a local community in the state that worships mountains and rivers. The project that has been proposed by the National Hydro Power Corporat...
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  • Minket Lepcha always felt close to nature and the environment since her childhood, thanks to her upbringing in the picturesque Darjeeling. Though she had spent many years in Delhi, studying and working in corporate firms, her interest in community development, environment and culture brought her bac...
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  • Not enough water available for interlinking rivers: IIT study  The analysis of the weather data for 103 years, conducted by IIT Mumbai and Chennai, shows a significant decrease in the rainfall in the major surplus basin raising a question about the sustainability of the interlinking of rivers....
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  • India has the fifth largest coal reserves in the world [1]. The power sector is the largest consumer of coal, followed by iron, steel and cement segments in India [1] This paper, Coal mining in northeast India: an overview of environmental issues and treatment approaches, published in the Internatio...
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  • "Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase". - Martin Luther King, Jr. Centuries ago, this faith in the unknown might have inspired the elders in Sikkim to worship their springs. What it would yield was perhaps unfathomed then, but today it surely is evident. ...
    Usha Dewaniposted 3 years 2 months agoread more
  • There are about 227 lakes and wetlands in Sikkim, many of which are revered by the people as holy. While Gurudongmar and Keopchari are popular with the tourists, Tsomgo lake at an altitude of 12,400 ft above sea level, is perhaps Sikkim's most visited tourist spot. Tsomgo, located about 35 km f...
    Usha Dewaniposted 3 years 2 months agoread more
  • Dear India Water Portal, I am a PhD Research Scholar, doing research work in North Sikkim area. I need the daily temperature data sets for North Sikkim region (atleast for 10 Years). Please help me with the same. Thank you  
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  • Himachal villages to carry out own EIA90,000 people from 250 villages in the Sutlej basin of Himachal Pradesh decide to carry out their own assessment of the environmental damage caused by hydropower projects. They allege that the state-sponsored Indian Council of Forest Research and Education repor...
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  • Climate change poses a threat to all. Be it forests, water or agriculture- it affects everything. India's Northeast, particularly, has witnessed a great deal of this impact. Sikkim, the physical bridge between the Northeast and mainland India, is also bearing the brunt of climate change in a myriad ...
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  • As a run up to World Water Day 2014, India Water Portal conducted a Grassroots Comics workshop with Field Facilitators, Barefoot Engineers and other field workers of the Dhara Vikas Programme. The Programme is an initiative of the Government of Sikkim through its Rural Management and Development Dep...
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  • The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report predicts large scale changes in temperature and precipitation over the Asian land mass. In the mountains, this translates to less snow, more intense but shorter episodes of rainfall and insufficient groundwater recharge, thereby resulting i...
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  • Post Telangana, tribals want Polavaram dam scrappedThe dam will benefit only Seemandhra and displace about two lakh tribals, most of them in Telangana. Tribal activists launch padyatra to protest against an amendment in the Telangana Bill which proposes to shift their villages to Seemandhra.Sikkim f...
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  • CWC recommends scrapping of 15 dams planned across SiangA report by the Central Water Commission has recommended scrapping 15 of the 44 dams proposed across the Siang river in Arunachal Pradesh. It warns that the proposed dams will impact the ecology of more than 500 km of the river and will also af...
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  • Sikkim achieves 100% sanitationSikkim has surpassed its sanitation targets in rural and urban households, schools, sanitary complexes and Anganwadi centres. It is the only state in the country to achieve full sanitation under the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan scheme. The state has constructed 98,043 individ...
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  • Sikkim only state in the country with 100% sanitationAll 6,10,577 rural and urban families in Sikkim have latrines with high sanitation and hygiene standard. It's mandatory for gram sabhas in the state to take up sanitation at top priorityLand near Tehri reservoir sinkingAs many as 80 villages ...
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Along with protesting against dams, the ACT leaders are leading by example and showing people of Sikkim more constructive ways to live.

Tenzing Lepcha, the lead activist of Affected Citizens of Teesta (ACT), is proud of his work in the last year. “All this was overgrown,” he says pointing at the orderly farm. “I created the fields myself.” He shows us the carefully dug out pond for water storage, the irrigation system, the compost heaps, the neatly staked peas and rows of mustard. It is difficult to recognise him now, my earlier image of him being that of a listless young Tenzing, weak from fasting for months.

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In a rare show of solidarity, the panchayat leaders of Dzongu have formed a group, Save Dzongu, that cuts across political differences to save their river.

As we sit sipping tea with him, Ugen Lepcha calmly spells out his stand. “Even if it means having to leave my (political) party, I will continue to be against dams,” he says. Ugen Lepcha, the president of Passingang gram panchayat in the Dzongu area of Sikkim, clearly has courage when it comes to his political convictions.

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Reuse of wastewater becomes mandatory in Maharashtra

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Bhagalpur canal in Bihar collapses during trial run

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Maharashtra cabinet decides on drip irrigation for sugarcane cultivation 

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People of Sikkim stand against Teesta hydel project

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A documentary film throws light on the travails of people living on the banks of a changing Teesta.

Minket Lepcha always felt close to nature and the environment since her childhood, thanks to her upbringing in the picturesque Darjeeling. Though she had spent many years in Delhi, studying and working in corporate firms, her interest in community development, environment and culture brought her back to her home town. 

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Not enough water available for interlinking rivers: IIT study 

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This paper tries to understand the effect of coal mining in the northeast India and ways to control its impact on the environment

India has the fifth largest coal reserves in the world [1].

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Devithans are shrouded in rituals and myths but serve as an important institution to preserve springs. While religious sentiments sometimes get in the way, development around them continues.

"Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase". - Martin Luther King, Jr.

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