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  • Once home to over 400 water bodies, Chennai’s development story is similar to most metropolises across India. Urbanising at a hurried pace, the concrete city spilled over its waterways and wetlands, leaving behind a sorry tale of ecological destruction. The Narayanapuram wetland, part of the massi...
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  • Population growth estimates suggest that India will be supporting over 1.5 billion inhabitants by 2050 if the present growth rate of 1.9 percent per year continues. From 710 billion cubic metres (BCM) in 2010, the demand for water is expected to surge ahead to 1180 BCM in 2050 as the Planning Commis...
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  • Budget up by 11 and 19 percent for water and environment ministries respectively In the union budget this year, the government has raised 11 percent allocation for the water resources ministry. Along with this, the allocation for the environment ministry has also been raised by 19 percent ...
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  •   Literary works from the Sangam period dating back to the fourth century BC indicate the presence of a five-fold classification system of geography and related ecosystems. The five types include kurinji (mountainous region), mullai (forests), marudam (croplands), neithal (seashore) and palai ...
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  • Going by the statistics from the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Tamil Nadu’s coastline is densely populated with 573 fishing villages along 13 coastal districts. The story is slightly different around the urban and peri-urban coastline, thanks to the ongoing gentrification of the coa...
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  • Chennai’s disastrous December run continues for the second year in a row. While the devastating flood of December 2015 remains etched in the city’s collective memory, cyclone Vardah was no less scary and did not lag behind in its severity. The last time Chennai found itself in the eye of a stor...
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  • Chennai’s drainage system--both natural and man-made--is unparalleled. Three rivers flow through the city--the Kosasthalaiyar to the north, the Cooum cutting right through the centre and the Adyar to the south; around 16 major drains criss-cross the metro in addition to the mammoth Buckingham cana...
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  • Glacial lakes pose flood risk to 441 hydel projects in Himalayan region According to a study conducted by Swiss researchers, 441 hydropower projects across India, Nepal, Pakistan and China are on possible glacier lake outburst floods (GLOF) tracks and nearly one-third of these projects could experi...
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  • Hello My home was constructed in the year 2000 having only ground floor (2BHK) so I planned for a septic tank for black water and soak pit for grey water. in 2008, I have constructed the first floor (3 BHK) in which I stay. During that construction, we have not made any change in septic tank and so...
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  • About: IIT Madras will be conducting a round table discussion titled 'Emerging Paradigms in Water,Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) service delivery' on 23rd November, 2016. Objectives: This round table aims to deliberate and debate new paradigms in WASH service delivery among various stakeholders ...
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  • Forest clearance to Yettinahole project gets challenged The National Green Tribunal has sought responses from the environment ministry, the Karnataka government and several other concerned authorities on a petition challenging the forest clearance granted by the state government for construction of...
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  • Long-time Kottur resident Narayanan’s earliest memories of the Buckingham canal are those of the famed salt and timber-laden wooden catamarans of the 1950s and the 60s. A namesake of the Duke of Buckingham and Chandos, the erstwhile governor of Madras, the canal was initially constructed as a brac...
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  • J&K govt to construct ‘mini dams’ for irrigation The government of Jammu and Kashmir is planning construction of water storage facilities on the tributaries of the Indus, Jhelum and Chenab rivers to increase agriculture productivity in the kandi areas and on the plateaus. Officials insist t...
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  • NABARD to raise Rs 77,000 crore to fund 100 prioritised irrigation projects Under the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKYS), the National Bank of Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) will raise over Rs 77,000 crore to fund nearly 100 prioritised irrigation projects, including 56 in d...
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  • Guinness World Records names Assam’s Majuli world’s largest river island The Guinness World Records has declared Majuli riverine island of Assam as the largest river island in the world. The island which has a total area of 880 km2 covers 144 villages with a tribal population of over 160,000 an...
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  • Encroachment of lakes and riverbeds caused Chennai floods: Panel According to the Parliamentary standing committee, the encroachment of lakes and riverbeds had caused the massive Chennai floods last year. The committee has ordered the Tamil Nadu government to check the real estate mafia involved in...
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  • Government proposes to set up a National Water Commission With an aim to bring in greater efficiency, better planning and increased emphasis on water conservation, the Government is planning to restructure the organisations managing water resources in the country. The Centre is making pla...
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  • Activists stand against three proposed projects near Konkan coastline Recently, the Maharashtra Government has announced three projects--a port which will also include a thermal power plant among other industries, the 9,900-MW Jaitapur nuclear power plant and one of the biggest oil refineries in th...
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  • In India, managing the current demand and planning for future water demand in urban areas is becoming a major challenge for urban water supply authorities. According to current figures by the World Health Organisation, 10% in urban areas in India still do not have access to improved water supply. M...
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  • 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 a...
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Hi,

My borewell in Nanmangalam, Chennai is 100 ft deep. While taking the pipe out of borewell it got stuck at 20 ft. I need someone to help either to put a camera and look at what is going on and pull out the pipe. Any contact or agency in Chennai who are specialized in doing this work? Please reply to visitariv@gmail.com

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There is no space in my house to dig a borewell. Only space available is 10ft height and 3ft width. Is it possible to dig a borewell?

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Centre mandates NOC for using groundwater for infra projects

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Dear Sir,

I am unable drill below 60 ft in Chennai, Manapakkam area. The local drillers refused to drill below this level as their drill bit is getting obstructed by the small stones. They worry their bit may be damaged. I tried twice with different drillers and failed both times at this depth. The stones are small similar to the gravels used for roads and building. As soon as they remove the drill bit the stones closes the hole and the pipe is not getting below 50 ft.

Need your kind advise.

Best Regards, T. Dharmasivam,

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I am trying to understand if any area in Chennai gets clean metro water through out the year which end user can consume by letting it to their sump directly. Central Chennai is currently facing acute water shortage and as far as I enquired looks most of them gets intermittent supply, that too metro water often gets polluted so have to rely on lorry only.

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I am from central Chennai and groundwater level in our area has drastically reduced, wo have to depend on other sources (Lorry and Metro water). Metro water often gets polluted so we are looking for control valve open/close by observing the flow through hand pump before letting it to the sump. The challenge here is metro water line to the sump is some 8 feet deep and we don't have proper provision to get down. Can someone please advice if we can have some control valve above the ground level by any means ?

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Hi,

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The soakpit is getting filled quickly, especially during rainy season. As it has been happening regularly, we created a new tank recently. It is also filling in two days. Septic tank is ok now and require emptying once in two months. Could you provide any suggestion please ?

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