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Flawed embankment strategy converts Bihar into a watery grave
Dr. Dinesh Kumar Mishra of Barh Mukti Abhiyaan, an authority on the river network of North Bihar speaks to India Water Portal about the flood problems, the skewed flood control policy of the Government, the Kosi breach of 2008 and the gargantuan interlinking of rivers project.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 9 months ago
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Hindon clean-up, a prerequisite to cleaning the Ganga
Come monsoon and the situation in the Hindon river is truly troubling. Large stretches of the river continue to suffer toxic contamination.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 10 months ago
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What are the odds of a dam burst?
One of history’s worst dam bursts took place in Gujarat in 1979 when the four-kilometer long Machhu Dam II on the Machhu River collapsed. This led to a deluge in the industrial city of Morbi located five kilometers downstream as well as surrounding rural areas destroying thousands of homes and lives. While this was a tragedy, it was by no means an isolated one.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 10 months ago
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Groundwater as Commons demonstrated in Mahbubnagar, Telangana
By the year 2000, farmers in Mahbubnagar, Telangana could see how risky their investments on groundwater had become. The area barely received 600 mm of annual rainfall, and just 15 percent of its area was under irrigation.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 10 months ago
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Udaipur's water threatened by India's largest reserve of phosphate
Huddled in the Aravali range in the southern part of Rajasthan about 26 km from Udaipur, is the largest reserve of phosphate in India.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 11 months ago
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Farmers field school in Jharkhand shows the way in integrated farming
Chedua Bedia is a 47-year-old marginal farmer from Dubulabeda village, Angara block of Ranchi district. In addition to being a successful farmer, Chedua has founded a school and motivates other farmers from his village to attend classes!
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 11 months ago
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Two states and a dam row
While the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala have opposing stands on the Mullaperiyar dam, civil society actors have provided alternatives to the old dam whose decommissioning is bound to happen sooner or later. They have also pointed out the inappropriateness of building a new dam on Mullaperiyar.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 11 months ago
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Women assert their space under the sun
When Satya was asked by the Sarpanch to opt for the position of a worksite supervisor as a Mate, she was thrilled at the prospect of a better life. Brought up in Murayur village in Sivagangai district, Tamil Nadu, she knew how tough agricultural wage labour work was. While her mother left her with grandparents, her father also took on menial jobs and errands from big farmers.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 4 years 1 week ago
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Niyamagiri hills get temporary respite from Vedanta
The Niyamagiri hills in the Eastern Ghats is peopled by indigenous groups such as the Dongria and Kutia Kondhs -- or 'primitive tribal groups’ in official phrasing. For them, these hills which spread over 300 sq kms in Rayagada and Kalahandi districts in southwestern Orissa, is the sacred abode of Niyamraja, their God.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 4 years 2 weeks ago
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Facing uncertain rains, farmers dig in
Amulya Soren couldn’t get stable yields in the kharif (monsoon) paddy in his farm. A member of the Santhal tribe, he was the beneficiary of a surplus land redistribution programme in Hirbandh block of Bankura, West Bengal. The undulating terrain in which his farm lies receives sufficient rainfall of about 1000 mm a year, yet sufficient irrigation was an issue.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 4 years 4 weeks ago
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Unpacking the water and sanitation budget
What does slashed funding for the water and sanitation sector in this year’s budget mean? Is the government’s claim that the states will get more money because of the latest Finance Commission recommendation, spot on? Sona Mitra and Kanika Kaul of the Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability (CGBA) shed light on these at the All India Convention on the Right to Sanitation.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 4 years 1 month ago
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A hard look at the strategy of fighting open defecation
With over 620 million defecating in the open in India, do we need a new approach to curb this practice? The force of habit is such that even households with toilets have around forty percent of adults defecating in the open. But, does curbing open defecation necessarily lead to significant improvements in child health outcomes like diarrhoea, anaemia, parasite infection and growth?
Amita Bhaduri  posted 4 years 2 months ago
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Embankments: Engineering solutions or problems?
Mahananda, a major River of north Bihar rises in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal. It meets the Ganga after a journey of 376 km through the flat lands of Bihar, West Bengal and Bangladesh. It would spill its banks because of the flat slopes, causing deluge and waterlogging in the Katihar district of Bihar.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 4 years 2 months ago
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Budget 'asks' for food and nutrition security

Amita Bhaduri  posted 4 years 2 months ago
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Small farming needs a budget boost
The agriculture sector has been playing a significant role in shaping India’s overall growth trajectory. What promising initiatives should the Budget 2015-16 come up with? Should it extend timely credit facilities to farmers belonging to all the farming categories? Should it extend crop insurance facilities to all farmers and for all crops? 
Amita Bhaduri  posted 4 years 2 months ago
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Climate change: Slow it down or deal with it?
Should the next Union Budget go all-in on climate change? Should clean energy, state incentives, mitigation and adaptation all emerge as priorities? How will the administration deal with extreme weather events that become more common with climate change?
Amita Bhaduri  posted 4 years 3 months ago
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Citizens charter on drinking water and sanitation before Union Budget
A National Convention on Union Budget 2015-16 by the Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability, New Delhi held on 8th and 9th January 2015 brought together around 200 Civil Society Organisations from more than 20 States to discuss the policy asks for water and sanitation sector.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 4 years 3 months ago
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Porous pavements to save concrete jungles!
Despite its shrinking greens, Delhi has significant tree diversity. Pradip Krishen, a naturalist, author and filmmaker, identifies around 250 tree species in the concrete jungle, in his book titled ‘Trees of Delhi’ published in 2007. But these trees do not have the breathing room they need as the Public Works Department's (PWD) pavement tiling projects enclose trees completely in concrete.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 4 years 4 months ago
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The Chalakudy river system wins
Latha Anantha of the Chalakudy Puzha Samrakshana Samiti (Chalakudy River Protection Forum) was awarded the Bhagirath Prayas Samman at the recently concluded India Rivers Week for her commendable work on safeguarding the integrity of the Chalakudy river in Kerala.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 4 years 5 months ago
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To link or not to link: A debate
The essence of a river is its ebb and flow but won't taming of the fresh free-flowing rivers by building massive dams pose a threat to our rivers and the communities that live by them? 
Amita Bhaduri  posted 4 years 5 months ago

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