Kerala

First water atlas of the Himalayas launched during COP 21
News this week Swati Bansal posted 5 years 1 month ago

First water atlas of the Himalayas launched in Paris

View of the Himalayas from Dhulikhel, Nepal (Source: IWP Flickr Photos)
CPCB gets strict with non-compliant industries along the Ganga
Policy matters this week Swati Bansal posted 5 years 2 months ago

Respond immediately or face closure: CPCB to non-compliant industries along the Ganga

Ganga river at Sangam in Allahabad (Source: IWP Flickr Photos)
Scarcity amidst plenty: Kerala's drinking water paradox
Kerala is blessed with high rainfall as well as plenty of natural water sources, but it has the lowest per capita share of freshwater resources in the country. aartikelkar posted 5 years 2 months ago

Kerala, flanked on the west by the Arabian Sea and on the east by the Western Ghats is bestowed with enviable natural resources. It has 44 rivers spanning its lush green landscape and rainfall that averages as high as 3000 mm a year.

The Karamana river in Thiruvanathapuram, Kerala (Source: India Water Portal)
Kerala's waters polluted by perchlorate
A study found high concentration of perchlorate in groundwater samples as compared to surface water samples in Kerala with Ernakulum district showing the highest contamination. aartikelkar posted 5 years 3 months ago

Perchlorate is a chemical that is extensively used in the arms and ammunition industry.

Water contamination and health
Agriculture Ministry renamed by Prime Minister Modi
Policy matters this week Swati Bansal posted 5 years 5 months ago

This I-Day new name given to the Agriculture Ministry and the Swachh Vidyalaya mission accomplished 

Agriculture fields in Uttarakhand (Source: India Water Portal Flickr Photos)
CPCB fails to tackle rising river pollution: Report
News this week Swati Bansal posted 5 years 5 months ago

In the last 26 years, polluted river stretches rise from 22 to over 300

Polluted Yamuna river in Agra
What are the odds of a dam burst?
The recent earthquake in Nepal has pointed fingers yet again at the much neglected area of dam safety. Will that push India to put in place a comprehensive law that addresses this? Amita Bhaduri posted 5 years 6 months ago

One of history’s worst dam bursts took place in Gujarat in 1979 when the four-kilometer long Machhu Dam II on the Machhu River collapsed. This led to a deluge in the industrial city of Morbi located five kilometers downstream as well as surrounding rural areas destroying thousands of homes and lives. While this was a tragedy, it was by no means an isolated one.

Sardar Sarovar Dam (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Poisoned by water
Endosulfan, a harmful pesticide, is banned in Kerala but other such chemicals continue to be used. Groundwater contamination leading to unsafe water supply is but one of its consequences. aartikelkar posted 5 years 7 months ago

Endosulfan, a pesticide, has been banned in Kerala after its adverse effects were first realised in 1981.

Farmer spraying pesticide (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Centre gives a uniform definition to the term 'Open Defecation Free'
Policy matters this week Swati Bansal posted 5 years 7 months ago

New criteria for villages and Gram Panchayats to be termed Open Defacation Free

An open defecation free zone in Salem
Two states and a dam row
Latha Anantha of River Research Centre, Thrissur speaks to India Water Portal on the latest developments on the Mullaperiyar dam controversy. Amita Bhaduri posted 5 years 7 months ago

While the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala have opposing stands on the Mullaperiyar dam, civil society actors have provided alternatives to the old dam whose decommissioning is bound to happen sooner or later. They have also pointed out the inappropriateness of building a new dam on Mullaperiyar.

Mullaperiyar reservoir (Source: Sibiperiyar, Wikimedia Commons)