Himachal Pradesh and Punjab

  • Centre mandates NOC for using groundwater for infra projects Taking note of the precarious state of groundwater in the country, the environment ministry has made it mandatory for infrastructure projects to seek no objection certificate from the Central Groundwater Authority (CGWA) before using grou...
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  • Cyclone causes rain in 18 states; floods, landslides reported in North India A cyclonic storm Daye made its landfall in Odisha on September 21. Although the tropical storm had weakened into a deep depression soon after making landfall, the wind pattern has changed triggering rainfall in Punjab, Har...
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  • Yamuna river water quality improves, thanks to floodwater: Experts According to experts, the Yamuna river is at its healthiest state this year. This has been attributed to the improved water quality in the river due to a rise in the inflow of floodwaters. Increased flow in water leads to more oxyge...
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  • When I meet Puran Chand, an activist in the forefront of the anti-Renuka dam struggle, he dictates from the two much-thumbed pages of his notebook the several objections he has against the government’s plan for the rehabilitation of people displaced by the Renuka dam. Here is a man who has repeate...
    chicuposted 2 years 3 weeks agoread more
  • NGT to hear petition on Ganga revival on a day-to-day basis The National Green Tribunal has decided to hear a petition filed in 1985 on the Ganga river clean-up on a day-to-day basis from February 6. The decision has been taken following the transfer of matter concerning the dis...
    swatiposted 2 years 6 months agoread more
  • Bill to manage river basins out The Centre has come up with a draft of National Water Framework Bill, 2016 with an aim to develop and manage river basins in an integrated manner to provide equitable share of water. The draft also proposes to establish river basin authority for each inter-state...
    swatiposted 2 years 9 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 ...
    swatiposted 3 years 6 months agoread more
  • Bhakra dam was the first hydropower project of independent India. Though it brought electricity and water to vast areas, the people displaced in the Bilaspur area of Himachal Pradesh remain dissatisfied. Many of them were not adequately compensated, and began living and farming in the adjoining fore...
    Manu Moudgilposted 3 years 6 months agoread more
  • NIH scientists to probe if Mansarovar is the source of GangaThe Water Resources Ministry has asked scientists from the Roorkee-based National Institute of Hydrology (NIH) to investigate if the origin of the Ganga river is the Mansarovar lake in Kailash instead of Gaumukh near Gangotri. The possibili...
    swatiposted 3 years 9 months agoread more
  • MoEFCC can approve hydel projects in Uttarakhand, except in Alaknanda-Bhagirathi river basins: SCMuch to the relief of Uttarakhand Government, the Supreme Court has allowed the Environment Ministry to give a green nod to hydropower projects in the State. However, the ban on hydel projects in the Ala...
    swatiposted 3 years 9 months agoread more
  • Godavari, Krishna rivers interlinkedOn September 9, 2015, now a historic date for Andhra Pradesh, the Godavari water reached the Polavaram canal in the Krishna Delta region after flowing for 124 km. The Godavari water was released through the Tatipudi Lift Irrigation Project and will meet the Krishn...
    swatiposted 3 years 11 months agoread more
  • Teesta-III project in Sikkim gets a green signalIn order to give a push to the renewable energy sector, the Centre has cleared the disputes blocking the Teesta-III hydropower project worth Rs 9000 crore. 90% work on the Teesta is already completed and with the resolving of its years-long d...
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  • Green nod to Arunachal's Dibang project The Environment Ministry has given green clearance to the 2,880 MW Dibang project in Lower Dibang Valley of Arunachal Pradesh. The clearance is valid for 10 years from the date of commissioning and 5 years post this, the Ministry has ordered an impa...
    swatiposted 4 years 2 months agoread more
  • Twenty four students were washed away in the Beas river in Himachal Pradesh earlier this month. The students, all from an engineering college in Hyderabad, were picknicking in the river on their way back from the tourist town of Manali. While cooling their heels in the knee deep water and clicking p...
    ravleenposted 5 years 1 month agoread more
  • People learn and retain better through visual media. That's a fact. So what better way to bring attention to topics around the themes of water than by screening movies? That was the thought process behind organising an event on World Water Day with school students in Shimla. With a strength of ...
    Manu Moudgilposted 5 years 4 months agoread more
  • India's largest pvt hydel project soldIn a deal involving Rs 10,500 crores, Jaypee sells two hydel projects in Himachal Pradesh to an Abu Dhabi firm. The 1000 mega watt Karcham Wangtoo one of themRajasthan complains against contaminated water in SatlujThe Indira Gandhi canal from the Satluj, that pr...
    ravleenposted 5 years 5 months agoread more
  • MGNREGS to help build toilets in villagesRural sanitation works included under the list of jobs that can be done under MGNREGS in collaboration with Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan.Madras HC restrains NGT from suo motu actionsOrder came on a PIL filed against south zone of the tribunal which was tak...
    swatiposted 5 years 6 months agoread more
  • The Yamuna Manifesto -or Yamuna Nama- is a bilingual book with passages in both Hindi and English, published as part of the Yamuna Elbe project. In five deceptively short sections, the book takes us from the birth to the river to its future. The Manifesto is exhaustively researched and includes in o...
    chicuposted 5 years 7 months agoread more
  • Kerala stands against govt's decision on Western GhatsCriticising the government for ignoring Gadgil report, Kerala government appoints new panel to study Kasturirangan Committee report on conservation of Western Ghats. NGT orders environment restoration of Puri Considering the a...
    swatiposted 5 years 9 months agoread more
  • A research paper that predicts the amount of water stored in the reservoir in relation to the changing seasons
    sabitakaushalposted 6 years 1 month agoread more

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Cyclone causes rain in 18 states; floods, landslides reported in North India

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Nobody is clear about the need for a dam in Renuka valley. Despite this, the people of the valley are being displaced without adequate compensation.

When I meet Puran Chand, an activist in the forefront of the anti-Renuka dam struggle, he dictates from the two much-thumbed pages of his notebook the several objections he has against the government’s plan for the rehabilitation of people displaced by the Renuka dam. Here is a man who has repeatedly raised his objections and perhaps tired of repeating it. And who can blame him?

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Oustees of one of the highest gravity dams of the world fear yet another displacement--50 years after the first one.

Bhakra dam was the first hydropower project of independent India. Though it brought electricity and water to vast areas, the people displaced in the Bilaspur area of Himachal Pradesh remain dissatisfied. Many of them were not adequately compensated, and began living and farming in the adjoining forests. They were allowed to stay put--unofficially--by the administration. But now, 50 years later, a High Court order is calling for the removal of all encroachments from the forest areas of Himachal Pradesh.

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NIH scientists to probe if Mansarovar is the source of Ganga

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MoEFCC can approve hydel projects in Uttarakhand, except in Alaknanda-Bhagirathi river basins: SC

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