Well, as unique as this
A stepwell in Maharashtra stands for the spectacular architecture of a time when the importance of water conservation was acknowledged and water was stored and used with ingenuity. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 4 years 9 months ago

The annual droughts in Maharashtra have put tremendous pressure on the available water resources in the state.

A view of the stepwell. (Source: India Water Portal)
Wai celebrates Krishnabai Utsav
Celebrated over eight days, a festival pays homage to the Krishna river which is dammed, stagnant and polluted but still holds hope for many. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 5 years 1 month ago

The Krishnabai Utsav, a festival celebrating and revering the river Krishna as it flows through Wai, begins tomorrow in the town of

The river Krishna at Wai (Source: Makarand Shende)
More than 90% of Bangalore's lakes are polluted or encroached
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. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 5 years 10 months ago

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).

Rachenahalli Lake in Bengaluru (Source: Sumetee Pahwa Gajjar)
Reminiscence by the riverside
The river Muthai, once the pride of Pune city, is in a diseased state. The Muthai River Walk hopes to reconnect people to the forgotten river and understand her importance for their own existence. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 6 years 1 month ago

The river Mutha, lovingly called 'Muthai'--meaning 'mother Mutha' in Marathi--is dying a slow death thanks to rapidly urbanising Pune which is depositing huge amounts of untreated sewage and dirt in its waters. However, the situation was different earlier. The river was revered and was a part of the everyday lives of the people in the city.

A view of the river Mutha, as she flows through Pune (Source: India Water Portal)
The Maharashtra Groundwater (Development and Management) Act 2009
Shashank Deshpande, Deputy Director GSDA, talks to the India Water Portal on the background and features of the recently passed Maharashtra Groundwater (Development and Management) Act 2009. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 6 years 8 months ago

Please provide us some background on the hydrogeology of Maharashtra and its special features, which make it stand out as compared to the other parts of the country.

View of an open well
The unique 'Khachar' system explained
In spite of the high rainfall it receives, Mulshi taluka is one of Pune's more agriculturally backward talukas. Can the 'Khachar' system and other local methods change the scenario? Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 8 years 2 months ago

India is one of the world's largest producers of white and brown varieties of paddy and contributes to around 20% of all the paddy production in the world. Rice (de-husked form of paddy) is the staple food in the eastern and southern parts of the country and is mainly grown in rain-fed areas that receive heavy annual rainfall [1].

Farmers transplanting paddy seedlings