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'Tare Ganga Par'
A consortium of the seven Indian Institutes of Technology has been formed and charged with the preparation of a basin-wide management plan to restore the Ganga. What have they proposed for the river? In an exclusive interview with the India Water Portal, Dr. Tare explained the IIT consortium's vision for the Ganga and the steps that they are taking to achieve it.
chicu  posted 4 years 7 months ago
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Rainwater harvesting rescues Bangalore residential community
"Just having the people of Delhi look at their water meters everyday will enable the city to deal with its current water supply", said K.P Singh. He should know.
chicu  posted 4 years 8 months ago
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Uttar Pradesh gears up to tackle climate change
The people I was listening to challenged all my prejudices about government officials' tendencies to bury their heads in the sand.
chicu  posted 4 years 8 months ago
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A non-violent anti-dam protest wins!
The Koel Karo Jan Sanghatana was awarded the first Bhagirath Award during the India Rivers Week 2014 for protecting the Koel and the Karo rivers.
chicu  posted 4 years 8 months ago
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How will the Ramganga flow?
We sat on a charpoy in Agwaanpur and talked of flood warning systems for the Ramganga. Of all the places I had visited, Agwaanpur, probably due to its urban nature, was the only one which boasted a rudimentary system. The police would inform the Maulvi that a flood release was expected, and he would repeat the warning using the  loudspeaker normally used to summon people to prayer.
chicu  posted 4 years 8 months ago
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Tribals in Jharkhand plan for water security
"Clean water", emphasized the woman. "'Close to the house. Whenever it is needed", she added. She was speaking at a village meeting organised to determine what was needed to make the village water secure. The discussions had begun with an attempt to define water security.
chicu  posted 4 years 10 months ago
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A miracle in Mahewa
There is nothing special about Mahewa. It is a small ward in the town of Gorakhpur, far enough on the outskirts of the city, and it hasn't seem to have made up its mind on whether it is a city or a village. Part of it is in the form of 'bungalow colonies', part in the form of small farms. Small share-autos service the area.
chicu  posted 4 years 10 months ago
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Sleight of hand in the Sabarmati
'Sabarmati ke Sant, tune kar diya kamaal'. Oh Saint of Sabarmati, you have done wonders' goes the popular song. Today, it is the Sabarmati herself who is supposed to be the subject of  a miracle.
chicu  posted 4 years 10 months ago
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The benevolence of a flood
Bihar is no stranger to floods. The high-volume, high-velocity floods caused by large infrastructure projects regularly disrupt lives and decimate entire villages. This is the oft-repeated narrative, one of a helpless population as victims.
chicu  posted 4 years 11 months ago
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The eight-fold path to gender inclusion
"The men say that the well is perennial", I said. "Do you use it"? "No", replied the women. "It might be perennial, but the water is unclean. Our dals don't cook, and there are sometimes worms in the water".
chicu  posted 4 years 11 months ago
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Uttarakhandi women 1, Ultra Tech Cement 0
When Basanti Devi entered the village of Bachwadi in Uttarakhand's Takula block on one of her routine visits, she knew that something was wrong. Instead of the normal hustle, groups of men stood about talking quietly.
chicu  posted 5 years 1 day ago
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Ponds of Darbhanga deconstructed!
The vast plain in Mithilanchal (now a part of Bihar) wore a festive look despite the early hour. People had been gathering since the wee hours of the morning. Children wore their festive best while women, flowers in their hair and anticipation in their eyes. The air was redolent with the fragrance of the ceremonial fire and the aroma of roasting gram and fried sweets.
chicu  posted 5 years 5 days ago
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A bridge on the river Kosi
It is difficult to make small talk with a woman who has lost her all.
chicu  posted 5 years 1 week ago
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Genocide by indifference
The Ramganga has many impediments in the course of its 655 kilometer stretch from its origin in the mountains of Uttarakhand to its confluence with the Ganga in Uttar Pradesh. In addition to the Kalagarh Dam, there are already two barrages along its length and now a third one is coming up a few kilometers from Bareilly.
chicu  posted 5 years 1 month ago
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A water supply system that even Delhi would envy
 Visitors and the Uttarakhand Tourism Department liken the mountain to 'devbhoomi' or the heavens but it isn't often that a villager of the area echoes those sentiments. Most of them are weary of the unending struggle to live in harmony with those steep slopes that make all manner of infrastructure difficult.
chicu  posted 5 years 1 month ago
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In-house experts: the barefoot hydrogeologists of the Himalayan regions
The fourteen women and three men were rapt as Pan-'da' explained the intricacies of Himalayan geology. Every now and then, a question would be asked. Pan-'da' would then create an impromptu geological model using a notebook or a whiteboard eraser to explain the concepts. This was essential because the audience had no prior background in geology. Only some of them were even literate.
chicu  posted 5 years 2 months ago
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Women water managers of Chopriali
"We did everything ourselves", said the ebuillent Bhuvaneshwari Devi. "We took the cement up, carried the sand, everything! And we even told them where to place the tank"! She went on to narrate how the women's group of which she is a member, taught the men of the village that siting a tank in the stream will place it in danger of being washed away.
chicu  posted 5 years 2 months ago
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The hundredth farmer
I remember a farm pond that I once visited in Maharashtra. It shone like a square sapphire in that dry land, securely held by tall earth embankments. On the other side of one of those embankments was a parched and dying field. When I asked the farmer why it wasn't irrigated, he asked me to give him a pump.
chicu  posted 5 years 2 months ago
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'Open Happiness' or open a can of worms?
1999 was an interesting real estate year for Mehdiganj village in Uttar Pradesh. Someone began buying up land adjoining a soft drink factory owned by the Parle Company. They also began buying land from the farmers except the farmers had no idea as to whom they were selling the land to. As the boundary wall rose up, problems arose too.
chicu  posted 5 years 3 months ago
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Prevention is better than rehabilitation
The Himalayas were born of continental shift when the Indian subcontinent challenged the larger Asian landmass. This tortured birth still continues making the region susceptible to landslides and earthquakes.
chicu  posted 5 years 4 months ago

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