India may become water scarce by 2020: Report

India may become water scarce by 2020: Report

Businesses in the country are underestimating water-related risks as depletion and pollution threaten to deprive millions of safe drinking water and stifle economic growth, says a study report by the Carbon Disclosure Project

Himachalis want policies against dams

People of Lahaul and Spiti want politicians seeking votes this time to put an end to the pro-dam policies in the fragile hills. 37 hydropower projects, with a combined generation capacity of 2,292 MW, have been allotted in the Lahaul-Spiti district. 

New draft notification on Western Ghats

The Environment Ministry has reissued the draft notification with earmarking 56,825 sq km area as the eco-sensitive zone. The notification had to be reissued following protest from Kerala which did not want its 3,115 sq kms to be included in the eco-sensitive zone

Arunachal wants one-time clearance for infrastructure around dams

The empowered group of ministers for hydel power wants the Union Environment Ministry to grant simultaneous environment and forest clearance besides approvals for land acquisition to projects supportive of dams like roads and bridges instead of sequential approvals

Coming soon: 21,000 rainwater harvesting pits in Hyderabad

City's Water Board wants to meet the March 31 deadline to complete all pending rainwater harvesting pits.

Rainwater harvesting projects in Kochi defunct

About 10 projects in government schools and hospitals in the city lie unused for want of repair and renovation even as the locality faces water scarcity

Kochi island to get more water connections after 12 years' wait

The 13 wards of the Kadamakudy Panchayat have a population of 17,000 but there are only 1,395 connections as of now. Even the connected houses get water supply only for two hours.

This is the news roundup of March 18, 2014.

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The Hindu, Bloomberg, Zee News, The Times of India, Sustainability Outlook, The New Indian Express
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