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  • India's groundwater crisis: Gujarat's solar irrigation cooperative embarks on a solution The world's first Solar Pump Irrigators’ Cooperative Enterprise (SPICE) has been formed in Dhundi village in Gujarat's Kheda district. Members of the enterprise have not only made a switch from diesel to sola...
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  • Centre urges states to gear up for possible monsoon failure The agriculture ministry has ordered all the states and union territories to prepare themselves for a possible monsoon failure and operationalise their drought mitigation strategies. For this, the states and union territories have been per...
    Swati Bansalposted 3 years 2 months agoread more
  • Just seven to eight percent water left in TN’s reservoirs The live storage of water in the major reservoirs in Tamil Nadu has reduced to just seven to eight percent of the overall capacity. However, the state has been saved from the heat wave, unlike the northern states. The data from the Ce...
    Swati Bansalposted 3 years 4 months agoread more
  • Government decides to create a permanent tribunal for all inter-state river disputes The government has decided to constitute a single tribunal for resolving all the inter-state river water disputes while subsuming all the existing ones. Currently, there are eight such tribunals in the country and ...
    Swati Bansalposted 3 years 7 months agoread more
  • Six years on, Gujarat fails to form wetland panel Despite having the maximum (22.7 percent) wetland area in the country, the Gujarat government has failed to constitute a steering committee for the conservation of the wetlands. It was in 2011 that the centre had ordered all states to form a state s...
    Swati Bansalposted 3 years 7 months agoread more
  • Gazala Paul spent her 50th birthday among the Baiga people of Chhattisgarh. On the eve of her 25th wedding anniversary, she was in Rapar, a block near the Little Rann of Kutch, in a celebratory mood. The MLA of the region had come to a meeting organised with villagers from his constituency and promi...
    priyadposted 3 years 9 months agoread more
  • When it comes to managing huge piles of waste, Indian metros have a monumental task in hand. As per 2011 figures, Delhi is the biggest waste generator with 6800 tonnes of waste being produced daily. Lessons from other countries show that these mountains of waste will only grow bigger as India g...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 3 years 10 months agoread more
  • Karnataka to seek more time to release Cauvery water Karnataka government aims to buy more time to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu by moving the Supreme Court. The SC had earlier asked Karnataka to release 6,000 cusecs per day to Tamil Nadu till September 27, which chief minister Sidd...
    sabitakaushalposted 3 years 10 months agoread more
  • Ganga polluted with heavy metals and pesticides: CPCB According to a recent report by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) on contamination of the Ganga, the river water has the presence of bacterial contamination besides traces of pollutants like heavy metals and pesticides. There are n...
    Swati Bansalposted 3 years 10 months agoread more
  • Farakka behind Bihar flood: CM This year, Bihar witnessed one of its worst floods in four decades and has already claimed 156 lives and affected nearly five lakh people across 12 districts in the state. Chief minister Nitish Kumar has held Farakka dam responsible for the floods as it has caused hea...
    Swati Bansalposted 3 years 11 months agoread more
  • India witnesses 40 percent rise in farmer suicides in a year Between the years 2014 and 2015, farmer suicides in the country have increased by over 40 percent. In 2015, the country witnessed 8,000 farmer suicides as against 5,650 in 2014. With 18 percent jump in farmer suicides, Maharashtra witness...
    Swati Bansalposted 3 years 11 months agoread more
  • Summer temperatures soar to a gruelling 50ocelsius in Rapar, a little known block in Gujarat’s Kutch district. Land here is dry, saline and arid; the monsoon is erratic. Many a times, the entire year’s rain falls in a short span of two or three days, doing more harm than good. Dubbed a dark zone...
    sabitakaushalposted 4 years 2 weeks agoread more
  • Environment ministry releases the draft of India’s new National Forest Policy The draft of the new National Forest Policy (NFP) has been released by the environment ministry. The new draft proposes to levy green tax that will allow for an ecologically responsible behavior and will also supplement...
    Swati Bansalposted 4 years 1 month agoread more
  • Karnataka and TN at cross roads over Mekedatu river project The Karnataka government is planning to construct a reservoir across the Cauvery river near Mekedatu, to tackle Bengaluru's water crisis. However, the plan has been opposed by the Tamil Nadu government that claims that the former did ...
    Swati Bansalposted 4 years 1 month agoread more
  • Environmentalists unhappy with the draft of new Wetland Rules 2016 The Environment Ministry has released the draft of the new Wetlands Rules 2016 and will seek suggestions and objections to it over the next two months. Unlike the 2010 rules, the new rules will mandate the State Governments and Unio...
    Swati Bansalposted 4 years 3 months agoread more
  • Railways using groundwater 'indiscriminately and illegally': NGT The National Green Tribunal has issued notices to the Ministries of Railways and Environment and Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) for groundwater extraction by the Railways without getting permission from concerned authorities. T...
    Swati Bansalposted 4 years 4 months agoread more
  • Seven ministries other than the Water Ministry to help revive the Ganga The Water Resources Ministry has signed an MoU with seven Ministries--Human Resources Development, Ayush, Shipping and Tourism, Drinking Water and Rural Development, Railways, and Youth Affairs--to carry forward multi-sectoral ...
    Swati Bansalposted 4 years 5 months agoread more
  • Despite India's rapid economic growth in recent decades, open defecation rates continue to be very high. This presents a unique puzzle for scholars of development because other regions where people are poorer, literacy rates lower, and drinking water more scarce, are better off that India when it co...
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  • Centre to involve public, private firms for urban sewage treatment and Ganga clean up  Cabinet has given a go ahead to the proposal to involve private and public sector companies for urban sewage management in place of municipal agencies and urban local bodies. Under this Public Private Partne...
    Swati Bansalposted 4 years 6 months agoread more
  • Panel finds Bengaluru Development Authority (BDA) and private builders responsible for 11,000 acres of lake land encroachment According to the Lakebed Encroachment Committee, nearly 11,000 acres of lake area from 1545 lakes in both urban and rural districts of Bengaluru have been encroached. Of thi...
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Centre issues drought advisory to six states

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What percentage of impurities to be removed from Bentonite (reports attached here) to make it safe for storage of surface rainwater in an open pond near salt desert of Kutchh. We are planning to put 30 cm thick layer of treated Bentonite over 500 gsm virgin plastic layer below.

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Odisha's ecological hotspots severely affected by cyclone

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NGT raps green ministry for failing to curb depletion of groundwater

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Under Namami Gange mission, only 10 out of 100 new sewage projects completed

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Water level in India’s major reservoirs and river basins in a precarious state: CWC

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Civil society activists champion alternatives to conventional water management solutions implemented by the government.

India, the second largest population in the world, is facing a water crisis with over 600 million people facing acute water shortage, as per a report by Niti Aayog, the government think-tank. India’s water crisis is expected to worsen, threatening the country’s food security as over 80 percent of our water is used in agriculture. Twenty-one cities are likely to run out of groundwater by 2020, despite increasing demand, as per the report.

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India could witness near-normal monsoon this season: IMD

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CWC data shows water storage in major river basins depleting

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Activists seek President, PM intervention to protect mangrove trees in Maharashtra

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