Bihar

Drinking water access to all in Bihar: Reach, benefits and challenges
Significantly reduced the daily drudgery of women in rural areas Amita Bhaduri posted 1 week 3 days ago

The problem of drinking water in India is becoming more acute by the day, as one can see people queuing up at wells, water tankers, and common water points during summers in mos

The water requirement for the scheme is being fulfilled through borings, submersible pumps, and distribution pipelines implemented by the Department of Panchayati Raj, Government of Bihar. (Image: Sehgal Foundation)
Are solar powered irrigation systems scalable in India?
Compendium on solar-powered irrigation in India Amita Bhaduri posted 3 weeks 6 days ago

Article by: Sakshi Saini and Paresh B Shirsath

 Solar power has huge potential for application in the agriculture sector, especially in the irrigation space. (Image: IWMI)
Energising Bihar’s agriculture
IWMI’s novel experiment in Chakhaji village Amita Bhaduri posted 4 weeks ago

With small and fragmented land holdings, owning a well and pump is not a viable option for all farmers.

Yatin Kumar, one of the early solar irrigation entrepreneurs in Chakhaji (Image: IWMI)
Clean fuel choices of urban India’s poor
Insights from urban slum households across six states Amita Bhaduri posted 4 weeks 2 days ago

With increased urbanisation, India is experiencing acute air pollution in its urban centres.

PMUY should expand its reach to urban slum households, given that there are still households without LPG connections. (Image: Adam Cohn, (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))
Study detects high levels of arsenic in cooked rice in Bihar
Need to remove arsenic from the food chain and not just drinking water in endemic areas Amita Bhaduri posted 1 month 1 week ago

Extensive evidence of elevated arsenic in the food chain, mainly rice, wheat and vegetables exists.

Median excess lifetime cancer risk of 2 per 10,000 from food arsenic exposure in Bihar. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
Should we bet more on historians than engineers to sort flooding?
How the historian's method is invaluable in developing an understanding of floods. Amita Bhaduri posted 3 months 1 week ago

Raging floods swarming great expanses have been a common occurrence in the 21st century in South Asia.

Need to consider the perspective of the historians who see floods as a naturally occurring event. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
Ahar pynes: Traditional flood harvesting systems of South Bihar
The Ahar pynes of South Bihar are a classic example of a community managed irrigation systems and need urgent revival. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 4 months 4 weeks ago


Ahar pynes, the ingenious community managed irrigation systems of South Bihar

Ahar Pyne system in Gaya, South Bihar  (Image courtesy: Hindi Water Portal)
Embankments in Bihar: The inapt and futile defence against floods
Embankments in Bihar have failed miserably against flood protection. Take a look on these frequently asked questions (FAQs) on why they failed and what are the possible solutions to floods in Bihar? Swati Bansal posted 5 months 4 weeks ago

What is the history of floods in Bihar and why is it prone to floods?

An embankment in Madhubani after a week of repairing (Source: Santosh Yadav via IWP Flickr albums)
MNREGA helps a village in Bihar become flood proof
United action of locals, wisdom of the village head and MNREGA help to deal with waterlogging in a village in Bihar. Swati Bansal posted 6 months 3 weeks ago

Harpur Bochha is a village in Vidyapatinagar block of Samastipur district of Bihar. The village, which has a population of about 11.5 thousand people and  2349 houses, remained inundated with rain and floodwater throughout the year followed by waterlogging.

MNREGA comes to the rescue of Harpur Bochha (Source: Umesh Kumar Ray)
Satyagrah by the river calls for action against erosion
River erosion, so intense, that the whole village is in danger. As the government’s help seems a distant dream, locals carry out Satyagrah to expose their plight to the authorities. Swati Bansal posted 7 months ago

Since last week, people of Birjain village have been protesting against erosion by the river bank. They are demanding that the government should put in efforts to prevent river erosion and save their houses, otherwise they will continue with their Satyagrah and perform Jal Samadhi (suicide by drowning). Sattore, a flood-prone Panchayat has about 3000 houses.

Satyagrah by the river (Image source: Umesh K Ray)