Cabinet approves revamping of the Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan
Policy matter this fortnight Posted on 19 Apr, 2022 01:34 PM

To help rural India achieve SDGs, Cabinet approves Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan

Govt to help rural India achieve key targets of UN SDGs (Image source: IWP Flickr photo). Image for representation only
Revival of Ganga wetlands gets government's attention
Policy matters this week Posted on 03 Mar, 2021 02:18 PM

Jal Shakti Ministry draws focus towards revival of Ganga wetlands

Receding Ganga river at Sangam (Image source: IWP Flickr photos)
India-UK team tackles antimicrobial resistance spread in waterways
Experts are joining forces to investigate the impact that releasing antibiotics from antibiotic manufacturing into India’s waterways has on the spread of potentially fatal drug-resistant infections. Posted on 07 Aug, 2020 11:30 AM

An estimated 58,000 babies die in India every year from superbug infections passed on from their mothers, whilst drug-resistant pathogens cause between 28,000 to 38,000 extra deaths in the European Union every year.

The Musi river in Hyderabad, which has high concentrations of antibiotics released from production facilities (Image: Newcastle University)
River as a cultural mosaic
A dialogue that highlights the cultural essence of rivers Posted on 02 Oct, 2019 10:41 AM

"River conversations are critical to re-evaluate histories, reconnect civilisations, cultures and peoples, ideas and regions and open streams of thought for a future with exciting possibilities," says Kishalay Bhattacharjee, Associate Professor and Vice Dean, Jindal School of Journalism and Communication who has conceptualized a new series of quarterly river conv

Yamuna near Taj Mahal (Image: Flickr Commons, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
TN to pay fine for failing to restore Chennai's waterways
Policy matters this week Posted on 19 Feb, 2019 05:54 PM

NGT slaps a fine of Rs 100 crore on TN government for failing to restore Chennai's waterways

The Cooum as it flows through Chennai (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Cyclone Ockhi hits south-west India
News this week Posted on 05 Dec, 2017 03:51 PM

Cyclone Ockhi makes landfall, affects Lakshadweep islands, Kerala and Tamil Nadu

A severe cyclonic storm in progress. (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Irumbuliyur Lake explains sudden floods in Chennai
Urban planners have forgotten that lakes and waterways can only be altered by giving appropriate alternative means of storage and drainage. These water bodies must be revived. Posted on 17 Dec, 2015 02:51 PM

The December 2015 rains in Tamil Nadu caused Chennai and its adjoining areas to be suddenly flooded. Huge portions of residential areas and roads were inundated for long periods of time. The rivers too flooded in an unprecedented manner, causing human loss and property damage to individuals, state and corporates.

Irumbuliyur lake outlet from where entire rain water is expected to be drained (Source: P Sakthivel)
Braving the deluge: Chennai's worst December
Chennai's limp back to normalcy will be slow and painful, especially for low-lying Velachery, Urapakkam, Kotturpuram and Saidapet which remain flooded even two days after the rain has let up. Posted on 05 Dec, 2015 02:39 PM

Residents were convinced that November was the worst but stock taking and rehabilitation had to wait a week longer as the maniacal rains of December took everyone by surprise and completely crippled the city. According the

Rescue efforts underway in Kotturpuram, one of the Chennai's worst affected areas
Monsoon 2015: Chinks in Chennai's infrastructure exposed
Yet to recover from the torrential lashing, the low-lying city of Chennai is slowly piecing its life back together. How ironic for a state that was a pioneer in rainwater harvesting. Posted on 19 Nov, 2015 09:34 PM

Chennai has historically been a water-starved region, but never rain-starved as it receives much of its annual quota during the northeast or ‘retreating’ monsoon between October and December. But this November was like no other. 

Flooded streets in Chennai