Deltas sinking, thanks to dams

Deltas sinking, thanks to dams

Major Indian deltas like the Ganga-Brahmaputra and the Krishna-Godavari are sinking because of proliferation of large dams that starve deltas of sediment, groundwater mining that causes land compaction and artificial embankments that affect river courses

Political parties have zero concern for rivers

Except for BJP's river interlinking plan, which itself is being condemned for its unscientific nature, there is no mention in political parties' manifestos about cleaning or reviving rivers

SC committee for shutting 23 out of 24 Uttarakhand hydel projects

Committee set up in October 2013 after the Supreme Court took note of a Wildlife Institute of India report that talked about extensive threat to biodiversity because of these proposed projects worth about 2683 Megawatt

Delhi govt faces flak over Najafgarh drain

The High Court slammed the Government for not cleaning one of the biggest storm water drains of the capital that merges with the Yamuna, resulting in emission of toxic gases, thanks to sewage from various small drains falling into it

Water in the way of environment minister Moily

Moily's 2009 electoral promise of a permanent solution to water woes in his constituency in Karnataka's Chikkaballpur remains unfulfilled even as he has laid the foundation of the controversial Yettinahole river diversion project

Chennai wants more packaged water

Packaged drinking water sale in the city expected to touch one crore litres per day in May. People believe bottled water to be better in quality as compared to piped water and like it for its taste

Dakshin Kannada village irked at water supply to IT industry

Three families in Kairangala village of this Karnataka district supply about 25 tankers of water from their borewells to industries in Mangalore including Infosys. Nearby residents suffering due to over-exploitation of groundwater but all pleas have fallen on deaf ears

Loan for toilet and clean water

GUARDIAN, an NGO based in Tamil Nadu, provides small loans to households to construct sanitation and water facilities within the house besides technical support to build low-cost toilets

 

This is the news roundup of April 9 and 10, 2014.

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The Times of India, The Indian Express, New Kerala, The Hindu, The Better India, Daiji World
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