Water news: Water crisis in the offing for Jaipur and Ajmer

Major crisis in the offing for Jaipur and Ajmer:

The lack of rains so far has caused the drying up of the Bilaspur dam which supplies water to Jaipur, Ajmer and Tonk districts.

The government is contemplating taking over of private borewells as one of the emergency measures. Other measures include ban on construction in the catchment areas of dams and water bodies, and the Prime Ministers Office and Planning Commission has been notified. At the same time, in a manifestation of water conflicts, a scheme to tap rural groundwater for water supply to Jaipur and Ajmer had to be scrapped because of vociferous protests by villagers concerned that it would affect agricultural water.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/jaipur/Govt-wakes-up-to-tackle-water-crisis/articleshow/6165046.cms

http://www.centralchronicle.com/viewnews.asp?articleID=41617

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/6169121.cms

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/6169111.cms

Rural Water:

Handover of borewells from CGWB to state governments:

http://www.pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=63322

Embankment burst in Bihar:

http://news.oneindia.in/2010/07/12/riverembankment-breach-causes-floods-in-bihardistrict.html

Urban Water:

Chennai Metrowater systematically measures groundwater levels. Other utilities should too.

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/chennai/late-monsoon-rain-sees-groundwater-levels-soar-432

Desalination unit will start supplying 100MLD of water to Chennai at Rs48 a KL

https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2010/07/14/stories/2010071450810200.htm

Bad water causes 1500 jaundice cases in Hyderabad

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/hyderabad/paper-mill-water-causes-1700-jaundice-cases-457

Master Plan for Rainwater harvesting for Gurgaon

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/6178863.cms

Mumbai tries various approaches to clean the Mithi river in-situ:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/6165020.cms

Climate Change:

Independent Dutch Review mostly supports the IPCC report

http://www.newkerala.com/news/fullnews-140579.html

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