10 February 2011

Solar Disinfection (SODIS) of water seen as a way to ensure safe water for all: Idea discussed in the International workshop on advances in disinfection technologies at National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI)
Bombay High Court permits state to award mechanical sand dredging contracts on the Kalandi river bed in Maharashtra: Permission granted for only 7 of 31 plots
Water from Khadakwasla reservoir, Pune, Maharashtra intended for drinking water supply and for agriculture in downstream villages being diverted to private players: Activists accuse this as 'water theft' by the State government
World Bank offers Kosi flood beneficiaries incentive to put reconstruction process on fast track: Free toilet and solar light for rebuilding houses in six months
Study undertaken to determine Allahabad's waste management and sewerage system: Finds that lack of sewer maintenance and high population density add to the woes of waste and sewerage management
Besides industry, real estate getting illegal water supply in Surat, Gujarat: Thousand of litres of water extracted illegally from the ground and transported in private water tankers to construction projects
Mandovi, Terekhol and Chapora rivers in Goa threatened by uncontrolled sand extraction: Experts raise fears that this may invoke profound ecological changes affecting the entire ecosystem

09 February 2011

Scorching the earth - The Environment Ministry's clearance of projects such as Posco, Jaitapur and Lavasa will cause havoc in our gravely endangered environment - Frontline
Raw sewage being dumped into Mandovi river, Goa by cruise vessels: A total of 38 vessels operate without requisite consent from Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB)
Ten dyeing units polluting the Bhavani river in Erode district, Tamil Nadu shut down: Units operating illegally after being sealed by Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board
Vijaywada in Andhra Pradesh the first Indian city to ensure universal access to clean water: Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) helps in achieving this goal
Delhi High Court orders compulsory metering of all water connections in the city: Consumers may have to bear cost of purchase and installation of meters if Delhi Jal Board (DJB) unable to do so

08 February 2011

The Ganga Basin Authority (GBA) clears four more projects at Moradabad, Kannuaj, Allahabad, Garhmukteshwar in Uttar Pradesh for cleaning up the Ganga
Inspite of piped metered water supply, industries in Pandesara in Surat resort to illegal water supply from tankers
Industries in Ludhiana install Effluent Treatment Plant Multi-Effect Evaporator and Dryer System (ETPMEEDS) to aid reuse of polluted water through recycling
Centre disburses 83.12 crores under Rural Sanitation Programme to West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh and Chhattisgarh: purpose of the release is to accelerate sanitation coverage in rural areas and access to toilets for all by 2012
Watershed programme in Chekkipatti village of Tamil Nadu brings 480 hectares of arid and rainfed land under cultivation
Flash floods in Rajouri, Ramban and Jammu districts of Jammu and Kashmir: Heavy rains cause Neel and Tawli rivers to swell, 131 rescued
Decline of lakes in Kashmir valley due to pollution and urbanisation spell doom for the aquatic herb Juwar: Juwar is highly popular among the Kashmiris for its nutritional and medicinal value
National Institute of Ocean Technology, Chennai develops technology to make seawater potable: System tested near Chennai, will now be installed in Sunderban islands