Monitoring guidelines for sand mining released
Policy matters this week Posted on 29 Jan, 2020 11:39 PM

Guidelines to monitor illegal sand mining released

For the first time, the Environment Ministry has released Enforcement and Monitoring Guidelines for Sand Mining 2020 to monitor and check illegal sand mining in the country.

Illegal sand mining continues in the country unabated (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Alwar homes, farms and factories fight for water
Water conflict in Rajasthan’s Alwar district is not just between upstream and downstream users; it is also between users with domestic, agricultural and industrial needs. Posted on 07 Jun, 2018 11:46 AM

Lewari, a village located around 17 km from Alwar in Rajasthan, is the site of a water conflict these days. “The production of Jayanti jaljeera, haazme ka lalantop drink (a digestive drink) has left our village parched,” says Nanak Singh, a resident.

Operation of sluice outlet of Siliserh lake is marked by chaos and conflict among various interest groups.
NGT takes note of Chambal river e-flow
Policy matters this week Posted on 25 Dec, 2016 06:54 PM

NGT seeks MP, Rajasthan's opinion on maintaining e-flow in Chambal river

Chambal river near Kota (Source: Wikimedia commons)
Bihar Government bans plastic packaged water bottles in all its departments
Policy matters this week Posted on 09 Feb, 2015 01:35 PM

Bihar's government offices to soon become free of plastic bottles

Plastic water bottles (Source:
Environmentalists wary of Modi's green agenda
News this week Posted on 20 May, 2014 10:47 PM

Environmentalists wary of Modi's green agenda

Launch of Narmada-Kshipra interlink (The Hindu)
Kerala's seas are rich in sand: GSI
News this week: Kerala's offshore areas are rich in marine sand, says GSI; JP group sells its hydro projects in HP without settling the tribals' issues; Illegal sand mining kills Chambal's ghariyals. Posted on 10 Mar, 2014 07:54 AM

Kerala seas's rich in sand, says GSI

Ponnani Sea Shore in Kerala (Source: Wikipedia)
Minor mineral, major mafia
Residents of a nondescript village in Madhya Pradesh lost their livelihoods to sand mining but this illegal trade didn't make the limelight until an IAS officer was suspended in UP. Posted on 29 Sep, 2013 04:05 PM

Pahanbarri was a small village of 3000 people in Madhya Pradesh's Hoshangabad district. The 200-year old village was known for its fertile soil, thanks to being located on the banks of the Tawa, a tributary of the Narmada river. On August 1 this year, the river changed its course, broke its bank and entered the village.

Sand mining in Dindigul, TN Source: The Hindu
Turtle relocation program or turtle poaching plan?
The turtle hatchery at Sarnath was created to reintroduce scavenger turtles into the Ganga to rid it of corpses. However, the seemingly smart program is far from successful. What happens next? Posted on 09 Aug, 2013 12:23 PM

Rajkumar needs no urging to talk about Sundari. She is evidently a favourite of his. When we met, he regaled me with stories of her beauty, her smartness and her incredibly sweet nature. When he finally brought her out to meet me, I failed to see any signs of a winning personality or of towering intelligence. "Well," I rebuked myself, "you've only met her for two minutes.

Juvenile turtles at the Sarnath Sanctuary
Living rivers, dying rivers: River Yamuna
The second lecture was on the Yamuna river by Prof. Brij Gopal, former Prof. at JNU, and Manoj Misra, PEACE Institute and Yamuna Jiye Abhiyan. Posted on 25 Jan, 2013 12:06 AM


Yamuna river flowing through Agra
The Gharial - Our river guardian - A factsheet prepared by the Ministry of Environment and Forests
This factsheet on the Gharial is prepared by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MOEF). The Gharial is a river crocodile endemic to the Indian sub-continent. Posted on 28 Apr, 2011 04:35 PM

 It was found in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Burma and Bhutan, but is now extinct in these countries. Today, it is seen in a few places in Nepal. In India the major population of Gharials is found in the Girwa and Chambal rivers. It faces many threats to its survival which include fishing, linking of rivers, large irrigation canals etc.