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Black life: Impact of coal mining in Jharsuguda
"The agricultural production in our region has deteriorated due to pollution. Haphazard mining has lead to serious drinking water problems in the area", says Indar Bilas Shah, a 56- year old resident of Obada village, Lakhanpur block in Jharsuguda, Odisha. He's not the only one. Thousands of villagers in Jharsuguda echo these sentiments.  Who's to blame?
makarandpurohit  posted 4 years 7 months ago

An oasis of hope in the land of suicides
Yavatmal, a district in Maharashtra, has gained popularity more for the number of farmer suicides than anything else in recent years. Since 2001, more than 2700 cases of suicide have been registered in this district alone. Poor water availability, low agriculture production and increasing debts are the major causes for suicide. 
makarandpurohit  posted 4 years 8 months ago

Solutions to Indore's water problems don't have to be so expensive!
In the last five decades, Indore, in Madhya Pradesh, has witnessed a substantial increase in urbanisation and industrialisation. Its population has also increased from 5,60,936 in 1971 to 2,167,447 in 2011 (Census 2011).
makarandpurohit  posted 4 years 9 months ago

House of solutions
Many scientists and researchers have been trying to find solutions to problems related to urban water supply, wastewater management and reduction of energy use in urban areas but very few have succeeded. Rahul Banerjee is one who has.
makarandpurohit  posted 4 years 10 months ago

Doomed by displacement
The Hirakud Dam project is the oldest of its kind in India. The dam was built across the Mahanadi river about 15 kms upstream of Sambalpur in the state of Odisha. It is the first major multipurpose river valley project in post-independent India and also one of its longest.
makarandpurohit  posted 4 years 11 months ago

Will the Rs. 392 crore fund help Raipur's growing slums?
"The life of the people living in slums in any part of the country is a curse", says Rohit Jagat, a 30 year old resident of Shakti Nagar slum in Raipur. 
makarandpurohit  posted 5 years 1 week ago

Water privatisation, a failed model?
Since water reforms were introduced in India in the 1990s, water privatisation has been propagated as a panacea to the sector's problems. 
makarandpurohit  posted 5 years 1 month ago

The importance of transparency and data management
On 22nd March 2014, Raipur celebrated World Water Day with senior government officials and officials from NGOs and other organisations presenting on the importance of NGOs in disseminating information to the people. They also highlighted the discrepancies in data collected between organisations and the need to improve on this if they were to make a difference to society. 
makarandpurohit  posted 5 years 1 month ago

Their land lost to a dam, 2,000 farmers take to fishing -- in cages
The Chandil dam reservoir is located 30 kms from Jamshedpur on the Subernarekha river in Jharkhand. While this dam is a 'tourist hotspot', its construction has resulted in the displacement of more than 20,000 families from 116 surrounding villages. “We lost our farmlands because of the project and now, to support our families, we have to take any job available", says Narayan Gope. 
makarandpurohit  posted 5 years 1 month ago

The key to successfully managing groundwater in India
Dr. Himanshu Kulkarni is the Executive Director of the Advanced Center for Water Resources Development and Management (ACWADAM), a non-profit organisation in Pune. It is a premier education and research institution, which facilitates work on groundwater management through action research programmes and training.
makarandpurohit  posted 5 years 2 months ago

Digging them into a hole
45 year old Ved Prasad, a farmer in Amatikra village in Korba district, Chhattisgarh, didn't always have a bent back. 20 years ago, he walked in an upright manner but over the last five years, he's had severe back pain, which has affected his gait. 50 year old Bhola Singh from the same village has an identical story to tell.
makarandpurohit  posted 5 years 5 months ago

Development or displacement?
Sukal Singh is 50 years old and is the only earning person of his five-member family. Suresh Barman works as a labourer supporting a 13-member family. Bhagirat and Gorelal Bhavedi are rickshaw-pullers supporting a 7-member family each.
makarandpurohit  posted 5 years 5 months ago

To benefit people or to beautify places?
The population of Raipur has increased over the years and with it, the demand for land. Encroachment along with the unplanned construction of residential colonies, independent houses, commericial complexes and industrial structures have resulted in 93 lakes disappearing. Even the 37 lakes that are in existence are highly polluted; the water isn't fit for drinking or bathing.
makarandpurohit  posted 5 years 6 months ago

Power hub becomes pollution hub
‘Fly-ash’ refers to fine particles of ash sent up by the burning of solid fuel-like coal. Typically, this is the residue of ash generated by thermal power companies. Due to its toxic nature, the government has mandated that fly-ash must be dumped in ash ponds, which are specially made on vacant lands.
makarandpurohit  posted 5 years 9 months ago

The Bhilai Steel Plant, a symbol of modern India, is running out of iron ore
For the last 50 years, the Bhilai Steel Plant, which is India's largest integrated steel plant has got its supply of iron ore from Dalli Rajhara's mines. Dalli Rajhara, a municipality which is also an industrial city is located 90km south of Durg in Chhattisgarh. It is a part of the Rajhara group of mines. Iron ore mined in this area are of two types - hematite and magnetite.
makarandpurohit  posted 5 years 10 months ago

WASH – It’s important for children!
UNICEF recently conducted a workshop in Raipur to highlight the importance of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in schools. WASH is essential for the all-round well-being of all children, especially girls.        Mrs Reena Kangale, Mission Director, Sarva Sikhsha Abhiyan, Chhattisgarh during inaugural address Photo Courtesy: UNICEF Chhattisgarh  
makarandpurohit  posted 6 years 1 week ago

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makarandpurohit  posted 6 years 3 weeks ago

Solution Exchange Consolidated reply: Strategy for Improving Urban Water Supply: Is 24/7 Water Supply Critical to Protecting Water Quality and Public Health?
A consolidated reply of experiences and examples shared by various members of the Solution Exchange Water Community
makarandpurohit  posted 9 years 5 months ago