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Mapping Pune’s aquifers
Pune continues to face a water crisis every summer despite having sufficient water, thanks to its geographical location and plentiful natural water assets. While enough of its water needs are taken care of by water supply from the Khadakwasla dam, the use of groundwater to meet the needs of the population continues to increase.
aarti kelkar kh...  posted 3 days 7 hours ago

Ice stupas, the contested water towers of Ladakh
Ladakh, the arid Himalayan desert, is a high elevation borderland located close to the Union Territory (UT) of Jammu and Kashmir, in India. Water here originates from glaciers in the high altitude mountains that tower over Ladakh’s villages. Simple earthwork irrigation channels tap meltwater from streams that originate from these glaciers.
aarti kelkar kh...  posted 4 days 4 hours ago

Saving Aarey, the last lungs of Bombay
Last week saw protests of a different kind in Mumbai. Activists and citizens from all walks of life came together to protest the cutting of trees in Aarey Milk Colony, one of the few surviving green lungs of the fast growing and polluted city of Mumbai.
aarti kelkar kh...  posted 2 weeks 3 days ago

India’s target to combat land degradation and desertification
India finally announced that it would increase its targets of restoring degraded lands from 21 million hectares to 26 million hectares[1].
aarti kelkar kh...  posted 3 weeks 6 days ago

From droughts to floods: India’s tryst with climate extremes
India has witnessed extreme weather conditions this year. While parts of the north and south have battled drought like conditions this summer, the northeast and western coastal areas witnessed heavy rains and floods.
aarti kelkar kh...  posted 3 weeks 6 days ago

Groundwater markets flourish in peri-urban Hyderabad
Peri urban spaces swept up in the urbanisation tangle
aarti kelkar kh...  posted 1 month 7 hours ago

Farm ponds change farmers’ fortunes
While enhanced irrigation coverage has been hailed as an important way to improve agricultural productivity, it continues to lag behind in India and agriculture continues to be rainfed, subject to the vagaries of the monsoon.
aarti kelkar kh...  posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Dams, in distress?
India is reeling from a severe water crisis. Large parts of the country are experiencing water-stress worsened by the ever increasing demand for water due to population growth, rapid urbanisation, changing lifestyles and consumption patterns, inefficient use of water and climate change.
aarti kelkar kh...  posted 1 month 3 weeks ago