Hydropower

  • A number of Asian countries are going through environmental crisis. Nowhere is the impact felt so seriously than in India, where the crisis threatens to affect survival. It is also impacting biodiversity, ecology and livelihoods. In this context, it becomes important to understand how nature and the...
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  • Bombay HC demands release of water from private dams Priortising the drinking water needs, the Bombay High Court has given strict orders to the Maharashtra Government to consider releasing water from privately-operated dams and wells to water-scarce areas in the state. The order has brought in...
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  • It would not be an exaggeration to say Subarnarekha (Line of gold) is a film that left an indelible mark on Indian cinema. The film, by Ritwik Ghatak, is inspired by a river by the same name and narrates the reality around the river which flows through the present day Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odis...
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  • NGT gets tough over wetland notification The National Green Tribunal has ordered all the State Governments along with the Union Territories to identify and notify wetlands in at least five (in case of smaller States like Haryana and Delhi) to ten districts (in case of bigger States like UP or Tamil...
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  • Monsoon delayed by a week, to reach Kerala by June 7: IMD Per the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) forecast, the monsoon is likely to arrive in Kerala by June 7, a week later than normal. This has further added to the anxieties of farmers, the industry and policymakers who are already stru...
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  • Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur are among the most vulnerable districts affected by cyclones and climate change in coastal Odisha. In the last few decades, the coasts of Odisha have witnessed three major devastating storms. The Super Cyclone, Cyclone Phailin and the Cyclone HudHud all severely disrupte...
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  • Since India became independent in 1947, the central and state governments have introduced various rural development schemes, and have been trying to get them to converge. While this effort hasn't been as impactful on a large scale, there are some success stories. Sarda Panchayat in Sambalpur, Odisha...
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  • What's not to like about sugarcane juice in summer? Would you drink as much of it or more if you knew that those selling it in Pune where I live, are people who have migrated temporarily from drought-affected villages in rural Maharashtra, and are counting on juice sales to get through the whole yea...
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  • Environmentalists unhappy with the draft of new Wetland Rules 2016 The Environment Ministry has released the draft of the new Wetlands Rules 2016 and will seek suggestions and objections to it over the next two months. Unlike the 2010 rules, the new rules will mandate the State Governments and Unio...
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  • One of the tasks that the current government had promised to work on is the fast tracking of the process of appraisal of projects seeking environmental approvals from the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change. The article titled 'Environmental regulation in India: Moving 'forward'...
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  • Chirimiri Coalfield is a part of Central India Coalfields, located in Koriya district, Chhattisgarh. It is spread over 125 square kilometres with estimated total reserves of around 312.11 million tonnes. In the last 70 years, more than 250 springs that used to be the primary sources of dri...
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  • Dr Hari Kumar Shreshta is an engineer, teacher, and a passionate crusader for healthy rivers. On a recent visit to India, he spoke with India Water Portal about the efforts to introduce the concept of environmental flows in hydropower-focused Nepal. What is the situation around hydropower in Nepal?...
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  • Reservoir levels dip, Maharashtra urges people to celebrate dry holi Per the Central Water Commission weekly data, the storage availability at 91 major reservoirs in the country is at a mere 29% of their total storage capacity which is far below the average level of the last 10 years. Maharashtra, ...
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  • Rajya Sabha gives a go ahead to the National Waterways Bill The Rajya Sabha has given its approval to the National Waterways Bill that aims to convert 111 rivers across the country into National Waterways. The Bill has been approved by the Lok Sabha already. Per the Shipping Ministry, the Bill...
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  • Punjab-Haryana at crossroads over the controversial Sutlej-Yamuna canal Not ready to share its river waters, the Punjab Assembly has adopted a resolution against the construction of the Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) Canal that was conceived 30 years back. Also, the State Government has given its nod to ...
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  • New categorisation of industries Based on the Pollution Index, the Environment Ministry has released a new criteria for categorisation of industrial sectors. The Pollution Index is a function of the emissions (air pollutants), effluents (water pollutants), hazardous waste generated and consump...
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  • The Ujjain Simhastha (Kumbh Mela) in Madhya Pradesh will begin on April 22, 2016 and go on for a month. The event, held once every 12 years, holds religious significance to Hindus, and throngs of people--approximately 5 crore over the month--take a holy dip in the Kshipra river during this time...
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  • No clearance to Ken-Betwa river link project till wildlife issues are addressed The Expert Panel of the Environment Ministry has decided not to take any call on the ambitious Ken-Betwa river link project until the crucial wildlife issues pertaining to the Panna Tiger Reserve are addressed. The...
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  • Recently, Prime Minister Modi asked Niti Aayog to submit a report on stalled hydropower projects in the country. Maybe this is a factor of India committing to create 175 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2022 and possibly being unable to meet its goal. Hydropower is considered a source of rene...
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  • Government proposes to set up a National Water Commission With an aim to bring in greater efficiency, better planning and increased emphasis on water conservation, the Government is planning to restructure the organisations managing water resources in the country. The Centre is making pla...
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While the states prepare to build their smart cities, we look at the feasibility of the government’s smart city mission.

India's urbanisation continues unabated but most of its 53-million plus cities offer an appallingly low quality of life. Ten of the world’s 20 most polluted cities are in India as per a report by the World Health Organization.

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Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu governments waive off farm loans

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Women are not considered farmers despite their active participation in farming in rural India. A gender responsive budget and its implementation are essential to support and empower women farmers.

Sneh Bhati, a 52-year-old farmer from Madanpur Khadar in Delhi’s fringes finds the change in the landscape of her 100-year-old village in the last two decades remarkable. Yet it has not taken away the rural charm. Men still sit for hours at the village chaupal (a common meeting spot) chatting over a game of cards. Sneh, a Gujar by caste, says that most of the work in the household as well as in the farm is done by women.

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Just seven to eight percent water left in TN’s reservoirs

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From increasing health issues among residents to declining forest produce, coal mining in Chhattisgarh has devastating outcomes.

It was in the late 90s that Raigarh emerged as the hub for power, coal mining and sponge iron in Chhattisgarh. The coalfield in Mand Raigarh is spread over an area of more than 1,12,000 hectares with an estimated 21,117 metric tonnes of coal. 

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Ganga, Yamuna have been recognised as living entities

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A study from the Sundarbans shows that conserving biodiversity by excluding indigenous populations has threatened not only the survival of the forest but also the sustainability of the region.

Can forest conservation policies that ignore the livelihood needs of local, indigenous populations succeed in protecting biodiversity and wildlife?

Experiences from the Sundarbans show that such policies not only result in the suffering of the local population, it also leads to the exploitation of natural resources and biodiversity in the region.

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Madras HC dismisses plea to stop supply of Tamirabarani water to Coca-Cola and Pepsi

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The land of gems will have a new government soon. We look at what leading political parties have to say about issues related to natural resources.

The key issue in the Manipur Assembly election is the ongoing economic blockade in the state, which, in turn, is attributed to the present government’s decision to bifurcate districts.

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Arunachal’s Etalin and J&K’s Sawalkote hydel projects get clearance

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