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A book on traditional water harvesting system of coastal Karnataka by Harish Halemane.

Madakas are manmade structures for storing rainwater that was abundantly prevalent in Kasargod District of Kerala. Pallas on the contrary, were similar structures but not man made. Pallas and Madakas met the water requirements of the settlements around these structures. 

They were not just water bodies but were an important part of society. People would come together to build these structures and maintain them by removing silt deposited in them from time to time. This process brought the society together and taught the lesson of sharing and conserving water resources.

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Sikkim only state in the country with 100% sanitation

All 6,10,577 rural and urban families in Sikkim have latrines with high sanitation and hygiene standard. It's mandatory for gram sabhas in the state to take up sanitation at top priority

Land near Tehri reservoir sinking

Water for Mumbai a cost to ecology

All 12 dams planned to quench Mumbai's thirst fall in the ecologically sensitive region of Western Ghats. Will submerge more than 22,000 hectares.

We welcome tourists, not their plastice bottles

NGO writes to Moily against river diversion project 

Claims that Yettinahole project in Karnataka have no environment clearance and will damage 100 hectare forest land in Western Ghats. 

Who needs farming for food?

The number of people opting for agriculture in rural areas has dipped by 11% in the last decade, says a study by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM).

SC says no to complete filling of Tehri reservoir

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Chilika lagoon named as 'Destination Flyways' by UN

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Groundwater hits bottom near Coca Cola's plant in Rajasthan

Farmers in Kaladera block of Jaipur claim that agriculture has become difficult due to rapid fall in ground water after the beverage giant entered the region in 2000.

Ammonia in Delhi's water rises yet again

Cabinet committee clears three hydel projects in North-East

Brahamputra claims four Assam villages 

2500 people lost their homes due to erosion along the river while seveal others in Dhubri district are at risk.

Minister, mining and manufactured sand 

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