Bhopal District

35 years on, government looks away as Bhopal neighbourhood continues to drink chemical-laden water
Bhopal Gas Leak: Long Term Impact Posted on 07 Aug, 2019 02:09 PM

Alia, 15, cannot move or talk. “She is totally dependent on me,” said her father Mohammad Asad, an electrician. “Her mother passed away almost nine years back. I have to remain with her most of the time”.

Children at the Chingari Trust, Bhopal. Pic: Shuriah Niazi for Citizen Matters
After 40 years, Hilsa migrates to Allahabad again
News this week Posted on 13 Feb, 2019 01:29 PM

Navigation lock at Farakka Barrage redesigned for Hilsa migration

Farakka Barrage by Sudip Burman via Google Maps, Feb 2012
The search for a shelter
The sorry state of urban slums are testimony to poorly implemented policies for the rehabilitation of migrants. Posted on 01 Feb, 2017 08:46 PM

In the last few decades, India has seen an increasing number of people migrating from rural areas to urban cities in search of work and better living. These migrants often get employed in the informal sector as construction workers, vendors, domestic servants, etc. They also live in informal settlements, generally known as slums.

Residents struggle for a pot of drinking water at Bhuri Tekri, Indore.
Twin lakes of Bhoj
The lakes of Bhoj wetland that are home to many bird species and provide water to the local residents are now polluted and need urgent attention from the government. Posted on 21 Nov, 2016 10:10 PM

The Bhoj wetland is situated in the heart of Bhopal district in Madhya Pradesh. The wetland consists of two man-made lakes--the upper lake and the lower lake.

Raja Bhoj statue at the upper lake.
Water not for profit
Water privatisation has a history of failure in India. Why are we still engaging private operators to manage our waters? Posted on 16 Oct, 2016 08:58 PM

In August 2016, the Karnataka government gave Abu Dhabi-based businessman B.R. Shetty permission to privatise the iconic Jog Falls to make it a perennial waterfall and to develop it into a tourism hotspot.

NMC employees union and residents of Nagpur protest water privatisation.
Undisposed toxic waste still haunts Bhopal’s groundwater
A report says that many locals in Bhopal are dealing with “high rates of birth defects, rapidly rising cancer rates, neurological damage, chaotic menstrual cycles and mental illness". Posted on 02 Dec, 2015 03:06 PM

“When cool air blows over the city and it rains in Bhopal bringing welcome respite to its people, I fear that toxic waste is spilling into its groundwater”, says Rajesh Kumar who shows me around the 68-acre plant site of Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL).

A poem that describes how the city was left destroyed is written on a wall near a memorial for those killed & disabled by the Bhopal gas tragedy, 1984
These 'River View' apartments could get you in neck deep!
The increase in construction activity in and around the Kaliasot river in Bhopal is not only causing social unrest but also poses a danger to residents in the river's vicinity. Posted on 02 Oct, 2015 03:59 PM

At a time when the Central Government has stressed the need to protect our rivers, the Kaliasot river green belt in Madhya Pradesh has witnessed haphazard growth due to illegal constructions. Not only has the flow of the river which flows from the center of Bhopal been affected, but also community lives have been impacted.

Construction work in progress within the Kaliasot river basin area (Source: Shirish Khare)
Government fast-tracks green nod to Arunachal hydel project
News this week Posted on 02 Mar, 2015 09:35 PM

Government bends its own guideline, fast-tracks green nod to Arunachal hydel project

Pristine Arunachal Pradesh
ICIMOD wins UNFCCC's award for flood warning system
News this week Posted on 03 Dec, 2014 09:55 AM

ICIMOD wins accolade for its flood warning system

Unsettling flood waters of Muzaffarpur, Bihar
Centre allocates Rs.133 crore to conserve 115 wetlands
Policy matters this week Posted on 05 Aug, 2014 12:41 PM

Centre identifies 115 wetlands for conservation and management

Maguri Beel (wetland) in Assam