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Once again, Indore tops in Swachh Survekshan

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Indore became the cleanest city in India for the second time in a row, thanks to the untiring efforts of its municipal corporation and residents. A video tells the success story.

Indore has retained its cleanest city tag in the clean India survey 2018. Before it was praised for its cleanliness drive in 2017, the city was just like any other urban city in India dealing with its mounting garbage problem. In 2016, the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) was criticised by pollution control boards, green bodies and environmentalists for not treating its garbage properly.

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The sorry state of urban slums are testimony to poorly implemented policies for the rehabilitation of migrants.

In the last few decades, India has seen an increasing number of people migrating from rural areas to urban cities in search of work and better living. These migrants often get employed in the informal sector as construction workers, vendors, domestic servants, etc. They also live in informal settlements, generally known as slums.

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The state machinery’s face-saving measures during Simhastha saw Kshipra river carrying more muck in her than ever. While the river yearns for revival, the government seems keen on interlinking rivers.

The Madhya Simhastha Maha Kumbh festival, the religious extravaganza that happens once in every 12 years, was held in Ujjain from April 22-May 21, 2016. This year around, the cost to conduct the festival escalated to Rs 5000 crores; more than 15 times the cost incurred for the previous Simhastha held in 2004. 

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The use of decentralized systems puts the onus on individuals more than the government or central bodies to provide Indore proper water and sanitation according to Rahul Banerjee.

In the last five decades, Indore, in Madhya Pradesh, has witnessed a substantial increase in urbanisation and industrialisation. Its population has also increased from 5,60,936 in 1971 to 2,167,447 in 2011 (Census 2011). This increase has resulted in an increased demand for water, aggravating the water crisis.

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Rahul Banerjee, a scientist and researcher, has created sustainable and environmentally friendly home-based solutions to manage his own water supply and sanitation issues in Indore.

Many scientists and researchers have been trying to find solutions to problems related to urban water supply, wastewater management and reduction of energy use in urban areas but very few have succeeded. Rahul Banerjee is one who has.

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El Nino might affect 2014 monsoon

The weather phenomenon that disturbs cloud formation could bring down India's economic growth from the current 6% to 5.2% in the next financial year, says a study by the credit Rating Information Services of India Limited

Centre accepts Kerala's demands on Western Ghats

Centre issues guidelines to simplify green clearance process

MoEF comes out with new guidelines on environmental clearance that will give more powers to states and help them quicken the decision making process.

SC issues notice to MoEF and states for worsening critically polluted clusters

MoEF bans clearance in eight industrial areas

Environment ministry to not grant any further clearance to new projects in eight critically polluted industrial areas of the country, owing to the alarmingly rising levels of pollution in these clusters.

Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and UP are hunger states

Hello,

I have dug a borwell at 650 feet depth but it failed. We stopped drilling further as we found semi dry black mud. The plots adjacent to ours on both sides have water in their borewells at 350 feet and 400 feet respectively.

I would like to know

  1. If blasting will help me get water in the bore
  2. Will the same bore at 650 feet yield water after monsoons
  3. Should I try a bore at another location in the plot

Please let me know.

Regards,

Manu

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