IMD finally predicts a weak monsoon

Finally, prediction of low monsoon from the horse's mouth

The Indian Meteorological Department, corroborating global assessment of the El Nino, has predicted “below normal” rainfall during monsoon this year with a rainfall of 95% of the long period average

Low rainfall kills tea crop in Tripura

About 30% of the crop has been damaged till now due to drought like conditions in the state even as tea gains momentum at the auction market. The state has 58 tea gardens with 20,000 families, including labourers, dependent on the industry

Drip irrigation and ponds revival combo-pack to tackle water scarcity

The Andhra Pradesh government, with the help of international funding, is working to revive thousands of medieval ponds while also encouraging drip irrigation among farmers

Everything goes wrong with Odisha's water supply as summers soar

Despite a State Water Policy and a Vision 2017 with the target to provide water to every habitation, households that have to travel over 500m to fetch drinking water have increased from 30.8% in 2001 to 35.4% in 2011

HC slams Delhi Govt on waterlogging

The Court summoned the Capital's chief secretary when the authorities failed to submit a report detailing measures to check water-logging. Asked them to take help from the archaeological department and an expert committee on waterlogging solutions headed by IIT-Delhi professor A K Gosain

Odisha villagers migrate to avoid water stress

62 families in village Miliara of Gajapati district have lost livelihood that came from tamarind and cashew nut plantation due to no irrigation. Drinking water is also a rarity with a single tubewell whose water is high in iron content

IISc scientist promotes Jakkur model of sewage treatment

A sewage treatment plant near the Jakkur lake releases partially treated effluent which is filtered before being let into the lake. Sunlight takes care of the remaining contaminants and the water is fit for domestic use, says TV Ramachandra of the Indian Institute of Science

HC overrules NGT order on uncovering drains in Delhi

The court said that the civic agencies will follow the government policy on covering drains and no tribunal should interfere with this. The National Green Tribunal had recently ordered the drains to be uncovered to prevent toxicity and health hazards due to trapped gases

Purified 20 litres for Rs 7 in Ranchi

A World Bank funded agency has set up two counters in the Jharkhand capital where water, lifted from a borewell, is purified and supplied in cans of 20 litres. The municipal corporation plans to expand the model in all 55 wards of Ranchi

Committee to look into Manipur water crisis

Water level in the Imphal and Iril rivers besides the Singda dam, the main sources of water in Imphal, has gone down due to lack of rainfall since November last year, forcing the Public Health Department to even shut water treatment plants

This is the news roundup of April 24 & 25, 2014.


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