The poisoned landscapes of Punjab
Excessive and unregulated pesticide use has not only poisoned the soil, water and environment in villages in Punjab’s Malwa region – it has also increased health risks for the people. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 year 6 months ago

Punjab, riding high on pesticides

Farmer spraying pesticide (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Corporate hand in sustainable WASH
While Swachh Bharat Mission is focused on improving sanitation in the country, an ODF India remains a distant dream. Can corporate contribution ease the sanitation challenges India faces? Amita Bhaduri posted 3 years 1 month ago

Despite making sanitation a national priority with Swachh Bharat Mission, 50 percent of India defecated in the open till 2014. The goal to make India open defecation free by 2019 seemed ambitious. The government provided funding but it also sought active participation from the corporate sector.

Without behaviour change, toilet infrastructure created will remain only structures that will never be used. (Image: India Water Portal)
Unsafe drinking water burdens poor
A study finds poor water quality behind high incidence of waterborne diseases among households in Ludhiana. The poor suffer the most from it. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 4 years 2 months ago

Water pollution is a serious problem in India with 70 percent of its surface and groundwater resources contaminated by biological, toxic, organic, and inorganic pollutants. As a result, the socio-economic cost of poor water quality is high.

Unsafe drinking water affects health. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Water and facilities flow better into cities
An analysis of Census 2011 data confirms many known facts--the urban beats the rural when it comes to treated tap water supply, access to water testing labs and much more. makarandpurohit posted 6 years 1 month ago

Sixty eight percent of India's population lives in rural areas but when it comes to facilities -- including the availability of safe drinking water -- cities and towns corner most of them.

Rural-Urban Drinking Water Supply Gap, Census 2011
Fish frenzy in the land of butter chicken!
Punjab has the country's highest yield from freshwater fish farming but can it sustain the momentum and kickstart a 'Blue Revolution'? Manu Moudgil posted 6 years 7 months ago

Gurdeep Bains is busy dealing with two sets of contractors who have arrived to net his fish. He had to refuse a third. “This is the scenario when the market is supposedly down as people tend to avoid non-vegetarian food during saavan, one of the holiest months in the traditional Hindu calendar.

Fish farming in Punjab
Centre approves raising Sardar Sarovar dam height
Policy matters this week Swati Bansal posted 6 years 11 months ago

Sardar Sarovar dam height to be raised by 17m

Sardar Sarovar Dam (Shahakshay in Wikipedia)
Chemical fertilizers in our water - An analysis of nitrates in the groundwater in Punjab by Greenpeace
This study by Greenpeace India Society is an initial investigation into the effects of synthetic nitrogen fertilizer on groundwater pollution in intensive agriculture areas in Punjab. Amita Bhaduri posted 9 years 7 months ago

NitratesThe level of nitrate in drinking water was tested from groundwater artesian wells located within farms and surrounded by crops (mostly rice and wheat rotations).

Nitrate pollution in groundwater is associated with nitrogen loads in the environment. In urban areas, it is associated with sewage and in agriculture areas, with livestock sources and nitrogen fertiliser inputs. Nitrate pollution in drinking water can have serious health impact on humans, especially for babies and children. The most significant potential health effects of drinking water contaminated with nitrate are the blue-baby syndrome (methemoglobinemia) and cancer.

International conference on preparing agriculture for climate change, Crop Improvement Society of India, 6th - 8th February, Ludhiana
abhishek.r posted 10 years 4 months ago

Crop Improvement Society of IndiaOrganizer: Crop Improvement Society of India

Venue: Ludhiana


  • Agriculture: Abettor and sufferer
  • Mitigation strategies – Policy and Management interventions
Samajik Parivartan Yatra updates - 7th October, 2010 : Community meeting held in Valmiki Mohalla
A fight to regain dignity: Safai Karmchari Andolan iwp posted 10 years 7 months ago

From Ludhiana: Bassi Pathana Town - Fathegar sagar district:

A Community meeting was held in Valmiki Mohalla. It was attended by local eminent persons from the community, Mr. Sardar Sukhdev Singh Jamagal - rtrd Additional Judge, Mr. Kaval Jit Singh Mattu, Advocate, Mr. Dholak Ram - and President,  Safai karmachari Union, and community leader Mr. Ram ji Lal, Govt Employee. 12 liberated SK women took the responsibility of organising a meeting in the basti with the support of committee people. They invited the community as well as general public to the meeting, where the mission, demands, SKA’s back ground were discussed and people’s views were taken.