Jhansi District

A women led initiative ensures access to water in Punawli Kalan village of Jhansi

This story is of Punawli Kalan village in Uttar Pradesh, where a community with the support of a women-led federation, solved its water woes by developing a community-owned water supply system.

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Statutory clearance not given for the much touted Ken-Betwa model link project of the Interlinking of Rivers programme due to extreme social and environmental concerns.

In December 2015, more than forty years after it was conceived, the Government was set to launch India’s ambitious 30-link river interlinking project linking 37 rivers.

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Using community radio, messages about adapting to climate change and methods to do it were communicated to farmers in Bundelkhand.

In Jhansi, Bundelkhand farmers experience great uncertainties in agriculture due to erratic rainfall. Covering 13 districts of southwest Uttar Pradesh and Northern Madhya Pradesh with a population of approximately 21 million, Bundelkhand is a typical semi-arid region.  Around 83% of the area is rural and more than one third of the households are considered to be below the poverty line.

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Water resources information of the Bundelkhand region about water demand, availability, supply and accessibility and information on sanitation practices like toilets, personal hygiene, solid waste management, liquid waste disposal and availability of water for sanitation.

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"Water Drops", the WaterAid newsletter focuses on the right to water and sanitation in their recent issue.

The newsletter explores the ways in which national laws, court pronouncements and judgements and international commitments can be interpreted to imply a right to water and sanitation.

Specific articles cover:

-Individual court cases and Supreme Court pronouncements

-The current status of water and sanitation coverage in the country and priorities to be taken up.

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The report is an effort to conduct rapid assessment of status of water and wastewater management and the potential to introduce integrated approach with an aim to provide “water for all, always’

Some of the main findings of the status report on water resources in Tikamgarh and Jhansi districts by Development Alternatives are –

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Original Query: Avani Mohan Singh, Haritika, Jhansi, UP
Posted on: 6th July 2005

I am Avani Mohan Singh, chief functionary of HARITIKA.

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