Scientists find huge freshwater reserves undersea

Huge freshwater reserves undersea

Australian researchers discover 500,000 cubic km of low-salinity water trapped beneath the ocean floor of Australia, China, North America and South Africa.

Govt continues to restore water bodies in the XII plan

A Rs. 6,235 crore scheme that envisages repair of 10,000 water bodies across the country gets government approval for continuation in the XII five year plan.

Draft impact report on Sutlej hydel projects rejected

Local representatives and environmentalists reject the draft cumulative environment impact report of hydel projects on Sutlej river basin because of a short notice of four days given to stakeholders for public consultation.

Water table in Maharashtra better in urban areas than rural 

Excess extraction of groundwater for agricultural purposes in Maharashtra has led to more depletion of groundwater in rural areas as compared to the urban parts in the state, finds Groundwater Survey and Development Agency. 

Govt to launch national mission for sustainable agriculture

The mission will target transformation of Indian agriculture into climate resilient production system.

13 million hectare to be irrigated in XII plan period

Government to create the irrigation capacity by the end of March 2017.

NGT strikes a whip on Delhi Pollution Control Committee

National Green Tribunal threatens to initiate contempt proceedings against committee's officials if they fail to comply with former's order to inspect 18 units in the city for installation of rainwater harvesting systems.

Review land near Dankuni for wetlands, Calcutta HC

The Calcutta High Court asks wetland experts to review the status of low-lying areas on either side of national highway- 2 near Dankuni in Kolkata.

Karnataka and ICRISAT to extend the Bhoochetana programme

The pilot programme on rainfed integrated farming will extend to Bijapur, Chikmagalur, Raichur, and Tumkur districts in Karnataka for enhancing the farm productivity of these regions.

NGT issues notice to collectors of fluoride hit districts in Maharashtra

Orders 12 District Collectors in the state to submit a time-bound action plan to combat the problem of flouride mixed water.

Andhra gets Pulichinthala project is now a reality

Much to the happiness of Krishna delta farmers, the Pulichinthala balancing reservoir in Guntur district gets commissioned.

Water supply project from KRS dam runs into trouble in Karnataka

Experts doubt the feasibility of proposed new drinking water supply project worth Rs. 886 crore for Mysore from the backwaters of Krishnarajasagara dam.

Groundwater to help resolve water woes in Maharashtra

The proposed rainwater harvesting project by a city-based scientist can be a viable solution to end the drinking water and irrigation worries of 6,000 people in three villages of Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra.

This is the roundup of important news for December 8 & 9, 2013.

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The Hindu, The Times of India, The New Indian Express, Press Information Bureau, Business Standard
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