10 March 2011

Districts of Aurangabad, Nawada, Jahanabad and Arwal in Bihar facing water shortage since March this year with the worse yet to come by April- Groundwater depletion and low monsoons blamed
Delhi government to build immersion sites to reduce idol immersion into Yamuna - Move will reduce pollution and at the same time be sensitive to religious sentiments
Every fifth person in Delhi consuming polluted water - Survey conducted by Public Health Committee of Municipal Corporation of Delhi states that 18% of water supplied by Delhi Jal Board contaminated
High Court orders Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation to remove squatters living along water pipes: Judgement based on a petition claiming 20% piped water lost due to theft, wastage by squatters - 15,789 huts to be affected
129 villages in Ludhiana district get piped water - Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board (PWSSB) is also cleaning ponds and tanks and encouraging water harvesting to ease water crisis

09 March 2011

Does the Budget have a human face? - Article by Himanshu Thakkar in Rediff
Wetlands are not wastelands - Article from Countercurrents
Budget 2011-12 takes green turn : Gives a big fillip to renewable energy technologies
European Union funds projects to provide water to Marwar in Rajasthan - Jal Bhagirathi Foundation is the implementing agency for this project which will benefit over 1 lakh people
The Orissa Mining Corporation (OMC), a joint venture with Vedanta's sister concern Sterlite Industries - moves to the Supreme Court against decision of the MoEF to deny forest clearance for the proposed bauxite mining project in the Niyamgiri hills

08 March 2011

Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) sanctions Rs 2,476 crore to the National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA) for pollution abatement - Money to be distributed between 43 projects in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Uttarakhand
Residents of Himachal Pradesh receive more water than the rest of India: Per Capita water supply for the state is 70 litres while the national average is 40 litres
Destruction of wetlands and overuse of groundwater is affecting water supply to school-Survey conducted by NGO Santhigram School of Ecology and Vikas Adhyayan Kendra finds government school of Kottukal grama panchayat being exposed to polluted water
Karnataka High Court asks government to provide sanitation facilities in all schools - Government promises clean water and toilets by 2013
Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) finds groundwater in Madhya Pradesh to have increased presence of Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), chloride - TDS was found to be 1800mg/lt at some test sites
Some areas of Karnataka have groundwater contaminated with fluoride, iron and salinity - 8102 rural habitations out of 59,203 vulnerable
607 districts to benefit from Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) - Ministry of Rural Development releases figures of TSC achievements
Ministry of Environment and Forests changes CRZ to give special dispensation to Mumbai, Kerala and Goa - Provides for different actions depending on each area
Bihar to interlink rivers in the state - Plans include linking Koshi-Bagmati, Bagmati-Budhi Gandak and Kohra-Chandrawat

07 March 2011

Karnataka Government allocates money for rejuvenation of tanks in Mysore District - Over 148 tanks spread across various taluks of Mysore to get Rs. 500 lakhs or more