Delhi

Unsafe drinking water burdens urban poor
While urban poor in Delhi are forced to access water from informal sources, this water is highly contaminated posing multiple risks to health. aartikelkar posted 1 month 1 week ago

Water in India continues to be extremely polluted and unsafe.

Safe drinking water, a valuable resource  (Image Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Delhi smog can’t be blamed on crop fires
There is more to Delhi's air pollution than stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana. Amita Bhaduri posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

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The small window of a fortnight between rice harvesting and wheat sowing compels farmers to burn the crop residue (Image: Neil Palmer, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY SA-4.0 Generic)
Challenges to India’s urban water security and future growth patterns
Water resources in most Indian cities are overworked and overused, and not adequately replenished. Amita Bhaduri posted 1 month 4 weeks ago

Linkages between water security and socio-economic growth

Cities in India are marked by unequal distribution of water, lack of access, outdated infrastructure and minimal enforcement of rainwater harvesting and other means of supply. (Image: Anish Roy, Pixabay)
Air pollution: Filling the gaps
Controlling air pollution needs long-term holistic solutions such as a reduction in the usage of biomass, coal and lignite, and agricultural residues. Amita Bhaduri posted 2 months ago

Air pollution killed 16.7 lakh Indians and led to an economic loss of Rs

All Indian cities like Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Hyderabad surpass the air quality standards by a significant margin (Image: United Nations; CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyan a low impact, high expenditure scheme: CAG
Policy matters this week Swati Bansal posted 5 months ago

Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyan had a low impact in making Maharashtra drought free: CAG

Deepening work in progress under the Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyan (Source: Ravindra Pomane)
Government to get strict against wastage of groundwater
Policy matters this week Swati Bansal posted 5 months 2 weeks ago

Government prepares strict directives to prevent groundwater wastage

A resident in Delhi with her extracted groundwater (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Empowering, involving local communities crucial for reviving Yamuna: Study
A user-friendly water quality index could be created to help riverine communities take informed decisions. Amita Bhaduri posted 5 months 2 weeks ago

There aren’t many studies on understanding the socio-economic impact of river pollution, and the handful of those available miss out on capturing the voices of the local communities who are most affected by river pollution.

To improve the participation of the riverine communities in river clean-up activities, a platform can be set up as a governance mechanism. (Image: Thommen Jose, CC BY-SA 4.0)
Need to build inclusive cities in the post-pandemic world
It’s time that public policy focuses on a radical re-envisioning of urban spaces and on improving social inclusion of migrants in urban settings. Amita Bhaduri posted 9 months 2 weeks ago

When migrants headed home after Covid-19 lockdown 1.0, Sarojini was suddenly caught off-guard. She decided against moving, after an initial urge to leave for her village in Samastipur, Bihar. Her two sons stay with her at Delhi, doing daily wage labour work, while she works as a domestic help.

Migrants on their way home during the countrywide lockdown (Image: Stranded Workers Action Network)
Guidelines to handle COVID-19 biomedical waste are out
Policy matters this week Swati Bansal posted 10 months 2 weeks ago

CPCB releases guidelines to handle COVID-19 biomedical waste

Biomedical waste. Image for representation only (Source: Vivien Rolfe via Flickr)
Groundwater in 30 districts in Delhi-NCR contaminated, reveals 2019 data
News this week Swati Bansal posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

30 districts in Delhi-NCR had contaminated groundwater in 2019: Water Minister

A resident in Delhi with her extracted groundwater (Source: IWP FLickr photos)