Himachal Pradesh and Punjab

Green court slams centre over groundwater withdrawal in dry areas
Policy matters this week Posted on 23 Jul, 2020 09:24 AM

NGT slams centre over groundwater extraction in dry areas

A well in Rajasthan (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Heavy rain and floods hit North India
News this week Posted on 22 Aug, 2019 12:00 PM

Rains wreak havoc in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab

Following the southern states witnessing heavy rainfall and floods this monsoon, the northern parts of India are now also experiencing incessant rains.

Gori river in Uttarakhand in spate during 2013 floods (Source: Chicu Lokgariwar, India Water Portal)
NOC must for groundwater use: Centre to infra projects
Policy matters this week Posted on 13 Nov, 2018 05:57 PM

Centre mandates NOC for using groundwater for infra projects

NOC for using groundwater for infra projects becomes mandatory. (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Cyclone Daye triggers widespread rain
News this week Posted on 25 Sep, 2018 06:02 PM

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

Monsoon affects life in North India. (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Yamuna river at its healthiest due to floodwater: Experts
News this week Posted on 07 Aug, 2018 06:58 PM

Yamuna river water quality improves, thanks to floodwater: Experts

Yamuna river in Delhi (Source: Sudhanshu Malhotra via IWP Flickr Photos)
Renuka raises crucial questions
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. Posted on 18 Jul, 2017 05:48 AM

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.

The opening of the header tunnel for Renuka dam has already been constructed.
NGT to hear PIL on Ganga clean-up
Policy matters this week Posted on 30 Jan, 2017 04:40 PM

NGT to hear petition on Ganga revival on a day-to-day basis

Ganga near Gadmukteshwar (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Centre drafts National Water Framework Bill 2016
Policy matters this week Posted on 17 Oct, 2016 09:19 AM

Bill to manage river basins out

Ganga at Garmukhteshwar (Source: IWP Flickr Photos)
Eight ministries now responsible for Ganga clean up
Policy matters this week Posted on 09 Feb, 2016 12:39 PM

Seven ministries other than the Water Ministry to help revive the Ganga

Ganga at Gadmukteshwar (Source: India Water Portal Flickr Photos)
Echoes of Bhakra
Oustees of one of the highest gravity dams of the world fear yet another displacement--50 years after the first one. Posted on 01 Feb, 2016 04:28 PM

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.

Bhakra dam (Source: Apar Singh Bataan, Wikimedia Commons)