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  • It was supposed to be a normal monsoon as Indian Meteorological Department had predicted. But barring the central plateau, the rest of India may be forgiven for thinking that the Biblical deluge has come a second time. As of September 1, the death toll from flooding stands at 943. More than a millio...
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  • The chief minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar, called for the decommissioning of the Farakka barrage recently. This demand, unlike what may be expected, was not motivated by a love for free-flowing rivers. On the contrary, Kumar believes that with its upstream neighbour Uttar Pradesh usurping all the wa...
    chicuposted 3 years 2 months agoread more
  • Malguzari tanks were ponds made for water harvesting by the Malguzaars, who were zamindars or tenants in eastern Vidarbha, Maharashtra two centuries ago.These tanks provided water for irrigation and also increased the availability of fish for local consumption. Before 1950, the Malguzaars construct...
    makarandpurohitposted 3 years 2 months agoread more
  • Aims of the report: To build a comprehensive database of the extent of coastal development activities that have taken place on the coast of India. This has been achieved by collecting geo-spatial information from a “virtual” survey, using “Google Earth” maps, as well as available literatu...
    Divya Nposted 4 years 10 months agoread more
  • 2000 km on a kayak to follow 'their' river, to see and experience firsthand the progressions from the glaciers to the ocean, and to bear witness, both through images and the written word, to the radical changes being wrought on the entire river system, and beyond. A long, winding and confusing path...
    swatiposted 4 years 11 months agoread more
  • Cleaning, analysis and contextualizing the available data When we received the NEERI data, we were excited to start analyzing and wrote a few blogposts about the water quality of two cities; Chennai and Jaipur.  Although the data was old and was not very useful in terms of actually telling peo...
    NishaTposted 5 years 6 months agoread more
  • The construction of a visual map of water supply to Bangalore city from available data sets on water quality and water related infrastructure by NEERI as a part of the data project started by India Water Portal, Arghyam was a challenging task. The visualisation process The representation of the da...
    NishaTposted 5 years 6 months agoread more
  • The construction of a visual map of water supply to Mumbai city from available data sets on water quality and water related infrastructure by NEERI as a part of the data project started by India Water Portal, Arghyam was a challenging task. The visualisation process The representation of the datas...
    NishaTposted 5 years 6 months agoread more
  • The twin sisters:  Bihar is a land of fertile farms bearing sugarcane, wheat, rice, gram and pulses. Interspersed between the fields are venerable mango groves. Of Bihar's children, perhaps none is as universally loved as Sita. The village that she was born in -Sitamarhi- welcomed another daugh...
    chicuposted 5 years 7 months agoread more
  • India’s mapping activity dates back to the Indus Valley Civilization (c. 2500–1900 BCE) as per the famous geographer, Joseph E. Schwartzberg. His work is based on a couple of surveying instruments and measuring rods that were excavated from the Indus valley sites. Our mapping traditions wer...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 5 years 9 months agoread more
  • Northern and Western India under extremely high risk in Aqueduct's global mapping tool.
    Prarthana Vishalposted 5 years 9 months agoread more
  • Hello,I am looking for data or maps related to water resource management plan for Madurai city or any other urban area. If any of you have the same please write to me at alagar2012@yahoo.com. 
    Alagarsamyposted 5 years 9 months agoread more
  • The Nilgiris have undergone an incredible amount of change in the last 10 years. Coonoor, an area well endowed with natural resources, is the second largest tourist destination here. However, over the last year (2012-13), the town has been reeling under a water crisis [1]. The drying up of local wat...
    balaposted 5 years 10 months agoread more
  • 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. What each of these people has in common is that they a...
    makarandpurohitposted 5 years 11 months agoread more
  •  Every year, we have about 76 disasters in the Himalayas, some 36,000 people are killed and over a million affected by disasters. The loss of life and damage does not need to occur. How people manage the situation can relieve the situation much better.About a third of these disasters are from f...
    chicuposted 5 years 11 months agoread more
  • Though access has improved in the 10 years between 2001 and 2011, more than half of the nation's households still do not have toilet facilities in their homes.
    Prarthana Vishalposted 6 years 2 weeks agoread more
  • Geo-spatial tools are being used by Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture (CRIDA) in their research projects aimed at supporting government's top priority of developing rainfed agriculture under the XII Five Year Plan.
    chandrasekharnemaniposted 6 years 2 weeks agoread more
  • http://datastories.in/blog/2013/09/09/a-toilet-map-of-india-2/
    Prarthana Vishalposted 6 years 3 weeks agoread more
  • The maps depict how much various regions of the world have warmed or cooled when compared with a base period of 1951-1980.
    Prarthana Vishalposted 6 years 1 month agoread more
  • This document provides an extensive information on all river basins of India. It gives data on rainfall, storage capacity, irrigation, dams, river length, area, demograpghic and geographical details of each river basin.
    iwpsuperadminposted 6 years 1 month agoread more

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Massive floods have made a comeback this year. What can we do to be better prepared for this new normal?

It was supposed to be a normal monsoon as Indian Meteorological Department had predicted. But barring the central plateau, the rest of India may be forgiven for thinking that the Biblical deluge has come a second time. As of September 1, the death toll from flooding stands at 943.

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The Farakka barrage is an ageing symbol of our need to control rivers and our inability to do so. Can we do away with it?

The chief minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar, called for the decommissioning of the Farakka barrage recently. This demand, unlike what may be expected, was not motivated by a love for free-flowing rivers.

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Caught between Malguzaars and the state government, the Malguzari tanks were left to die many years ago. A lone man spearheaded their revival in 2008.

Malguzari tanks were ponds made for water harvesting by the Malguzaars, who were zamindars or tenants in eastern Vidarbha, Maharashtra two centuries ago.These tanks provided water for irrigation and also increased the availability of fish for local consumption.

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The report highlights how degradation of the coastal environment has reached alarming proportions, closely reflecting the urban population explosion and rapid and unplanned urbanisation.

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A father-son team will follow the river Mahakali, which is proposed to be the longest and most radical link, to see and experience the effects of interlinking on the entire river system, and beyond.

2000 km on a kayak to follow 'their' river, to see and experience firsthand the progressions from the glaciers to the ocean, and to bear witness, both through images and the written word, to the radical changes being wrought on the entire river system, and beyond.

A long, winding and confusing path

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Our experiences of building a visual map of water supply to Chennai from available data sets on water quality and water related infrastructure by NEERI are noted in this article.

Cleaning, analysis and contextualizing the available data

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The experience of building a visual water supply map of Bangalore city from available data sets by NEERI is noted in this article.

The construction of a visual map of water supply to Bangalore city from available data sets on water quality and water related infrastructure by NEERI as a part of the data project started by India Water Portal, Arghyam was a challenging task.

The visualisation process

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Our experience in building a visual water supply map of mumbai city from available data sets by NEERI is noted in this articles.

The construction of a visual map of water supply to Mumbai city from available data sets on water quality and water related infrastructure by NEERI as a part of the data project started by India Water Portal, Arghyam was a challenging task.

The visualisation process

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Flooded rivers may be a problem in Bihar, but diverting them is not a solution; neither is building embankments. Example: Sitamarhi.

The twin sisters:  Bihar is a land of fertile farms bearing sugarcane, wheat, rice, gram and pulses. Interspersed between the fields are venerable mango groves. Of Bihar's children, perhaps none is as universally loved as Sita. The village that she was born in -Sitamarhi- welcomed another daughter along with Sita. This was the Lakhandei, a river that flowed through the town till a few decades ago and is revered as Sita's sister.

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With rare maps of India including 'Annual Rainfall' map, 'Water Balance' map and 'Land Use' map, the land and the water resource development atlases are excellent sources of information.

India’s mapping activity dates back to the Indus Valley Civilization (c. 2500–1900 BCE) as per the famous geographer, Joseph E. Schwartzberg. His work is based on a couple of surveying instruments and measuring rods that were excavated from the Indus valley sites. Our mapping traditions were influenced by Vedic, Tibetan, Islamic and more recently, British cartography. One of the earliest maps of India is of the confluence of the Ganges and the Yamuna and is available as a wall sculpture in Udayagiri, Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh. It dates back to the Gupta empire in the 5th century.

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