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Soon a national framework for e-flows in all major rivers

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Study finds Pune's groundwater extraction doubles in 9 years

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A dialogue that highlights the cultural essence of rivers

"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 conversations.

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Making false doomsday claims of a water crisis could support problematic mega solutions, which could lead to more problems.

The last few months have seen much debate and discussion on the fast approaching Day Zero, with claims that taps in 21 major Indian cities will dry up. People in Chennai were compelled to queue up to collect water from tankers this past June. Last year’s NITI Aayog’s report set off alarm bells that most of India’s major cities were likely to face an acute, unprecedented water shortage.

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We have 235 feet borewell at home and we use texmo compression motor to pump. We observed that the water is not pumped up to the water tank from past few days. We could see meagre water in tank even if motor is running for more than an hour. We already had a borewell with 90ft depth and since there was no water, we installed new one last year with a depth of 235ft after checking with experts. We did not face any issues till date and the electrician has checked the motor and confirmed no issues with it.

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During the monsoon, temple tanks in Chennai fill to the brim with water, helping in groundwater recharge.

Besides showcasing the architectural expertise and aesthetics of their time, temple tanks also play an extremely important role as water storage systems in Chennai. Chennai has 39 temple tanks (excluding the suburban area) according to a study conducted in 2008.  As the rains arrived, a few temple tanks in the city were filled to the brim with water, thus helping in groundwater recharge while offering a spectacular view for devotees.

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The only place for building rainwater harvesting structure within an apartment site is the stilt parking area with a 10 ft roof.  

Are there restrictions in building RWH structure of 3ft dia width and 10ft deep within the apartment stilt parking area in Chennai? With this type of recharge pit, we are apprehensive about whether all this water underground will affect pillars or the foundations of the construction? We do not have any other open area outside to build this recharge pit.

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Government rolls out plan to revive springs across the country

The Jal Shakti Ministry has proposed a pilot project for spring inventory and rejuvenation in the Tehri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand, and has suggested that similar projects of springs management be taken up in rest of the country with the active involvement of several other ministries.

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Chennai residents take matters into their hands in a novel initiative

Chennai had a severely deficient monsoon in 2018 with 40% less rain than normal. Since then, the city has been bracing itself for a water crisis. But clearly not enough had been done and the severe water scarcity this summer has been a wake-up call for people, highlighting the urgency of finding ways to use their water resources better.

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