Madhya Pradesh

  • Centre okays Rs 20,000 crore for the 'Namami Gange' programme Under the 'Namami Gange' programme, the Centre has approved Rs 20,000 crore for Ganga rejuvenation in the next five years. The fund is in addition to the Rs 2,037 crore sanctioned for the Ganga revival last year. Since 1986, nearly ...
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  • Coal Ministry bans mining in Mahan forest The indigenous communities of the region are victorious as the Ministry of Coal confirms that the Mahan forests will be kept off-limits to mining. The Ministry's confirmation on the coal mining ban has come in response to a Right to Information request from...
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  • Restore Ganga's original course: Patna HC High Court has ordered the Central and Bihar Governments to restore the Ganga's original course, which has shifted northward from Patna by about 2-3 km in the last two decades due to illegal sand mining. The Court has now ordered authorities to start d...
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  • With over 620 million defecating in the open in India, do we need a new approach to curb this practice? The force of habit is such that even households with toilets have around forty percent of adults defecating in the open. But, does curbing open defecation necessarily lead to significant improveme...
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  • Government bends its own guideline, fast-tracks green nod to Arunachal hydel project After giving its green nod to the 1200-MW project on the Lohit river, the expert panel of the Ministry of Environment and Forests is all set to consider the 3097-MW hydel project in Dibang Valley and the 3097-MW Et...
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  • Bihar's government offices to soon become free of plastic bottles As part of its green initiatives, Bihar Government has prohibited all its offices from using or buying plastic packaged water bottles. Officials have been advised to serve purified water in steel tumblers and glasses in place of plas...
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  • Strong opposition to interlinking of Gujarat and Maharashtra rivers Maharashtra Government strongly opposes the proposed Par-Tapi-Narmada river-linking project, as it does not want to spare its surplus water to Gujarat. Besides the Government, Jalchintan Abhiyantriki Sanstha, an NGO working for wat...
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  • NGT announces heavy fines, bans farming to clean up Yamuna Under its judgement 'Maili se Nirmal Yamuna Project 2017', the National Green Tribunal has announced a fine ranging from Rs 5000-50,000 for anyone found throwing waste into the Yamuna river. Also, the Tribunal has ordered the Delhi Jal Boar...
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  • Activists say that the villagers were informed late for the public hearing of the Ken-Betwa river link According to activists, officials did not follow correct procedures for the public hearing of the Ken-Betwa river link. No Environment Impact Assessment report was uploaded on the state's website ...
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  • The essence of a river is its ebb and flow but won't taming of the fresh free-flowing rivers by building massive dams pose a threat to our rivers and the communities that live by them?  Participants from different parts of the country who congregated at the first ever India Rivers Week held at...
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  • ICIMOD wins accolade for its flood warning system The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) has won UNFCCC's 2014 Lighthouse Activity Award for its work on community-based flood early warning system in the eastern Brahmaputra river basin in India. The project i...
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  • The Kshipra is considered a sacred river in Madhya Pradesh's Malwa region. In the last few decades, this perennial river has also lost its glory like many other rivers in India. The sewage of Ujjain city and the industrial waste around Dewas town find their way into the Kshipra. Its waters whic...
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  • PM launches the nationwide cleanliness campaign The Prime Minister formally launched the nationwide cleanliness campaign, the 'Swachh Bharat Mission' or 'Clean India Campaign' on October 2. On the same day, the Minister of State, Social Justice and Empowerment launched the 'Swachhta Udyami Yojana -...
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  • Interlinking of Ken-Betwa rivers initiated The groundwork for the country's first interlinking project - the Ken-Betwa river link - has been initiated, following approval from the Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh Governments. The project envisages building a dam on the Ken river along with a 221 km...
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  • Water Ministry launches a portal on the Ganga river The Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has launched an exclusive website for the Ganga. The aim of this website is to involve the public in the gigantic task of Ganga rejuvenation. Through the Clean Ganga Portal,...
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  • Yavatmal, a district in Maharashtra, has gained popularity more for the number of farmer suicides than anything else in recent years. Since 2001, more than 2700 cases of suicide have been registered in this district alone. Poor water availability, low agriculture production and increasing debts are ...
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  • Ken-Betwa river link to take away 10% of MP's Panna Tiger Reserve The proposed Ken-Betwa river interlinking project has been appraised for forest clearance as it involves the diversion of nearly 6,000 hectares of the Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh. The Reserve is spread over 54,266 hect...
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  • Government identifies 11 states along Ganga for sewer link To ensure that the Ganga is revived ithin three years, the Centre has taken three major decisions. The Ministries of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation and Environment & Forests will work closely. The Environ...
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  • Forest clearance granted to the proposed Renuka Dam The Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) of the Ministry for Environment, Forests and Climate Change has granted approval to the proposed Renuka dam project. The project, worth Rs 3,600 crore, requires 909 hectares of forest land in Himachal Prade...
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  • Centre identifies 115 wetlands for conservation and management The government has identified 115 wetlands in 24 states and 2 Union Territories and has released Rs.133.64 crore for their conservation and management. Also, the two centrally sponsored schemes – National Wetland Conservatio...
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Nipun Vinayak, Director, Swachh Bharat Mission, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, writes about Madhya Pradesh's progress on the ground.

Ajit Tiwari, deputy commissioner, Swachh Bharat Mission, Madhya Pradesh.Ajit Tiwari is Deputy Commissioner, Swachh Bharat Mission, Madhya Pradesh. Years ago, prior to the launch of Swachh Bharat, he was working as BDO of Budhni block in Sehore district, and was exposed to CLTS training.

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Provide potable water to villages: NGT asks UP government 

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The mDemand mobile application pilot seeks to make tracking sanitation needs in rural India easy for the government. It is expected to take us a step closer to Swachh Bharat.

As part of its efforts to promote rural sanitation, the government, under the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), promises a subsidy of Rs 12,000 for the construction of individual household toilets. Households that fall in the below poverty line (BPL) category and select households such as those belonging to SCs/STs and the ones headed by women can avail of this subsidy amount.

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Pipara village in the parched Bundelkhand region stands out for its uninterrupted water supply. The village has their women to thank for it.

The cracks on the parched land of Bundelkhand are waiting for the monsoon to quench the thirst of its arid landscape. Despite the wide-spread drought here, Pipara, one of the villages in the region, stands apart as the only one that has not run completely dry. 

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Tonk Khurd’s innovative farm ponds prove that when it comes to solving water crisis, one size does not fit all.

Vikram Patel, a 71-year-old farmer in Chidavad village of Dewas district in Madhya Pradesh is one of the first farmers to have embraced the idea of farm ponds to increase the groundwater level in his farm.

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The festival has hordes of Ujjain farmers broke and the mighty Kshipra river troubled. Swift government action is needed to set things right.

Ramesh Mali, a farmer in his late thirties, looks at his farmland nervously. It has been 13 days since the Simhastha Maha Kumbh festival, 2016, concluded. The district administration had acquired his four bigha land (approximately 0.64 hectares) for the festival. The barricades and the concrete left on his land give us the idea that the land is not fit for farming this season. He does not know what to do with his farmland when the monsoon arrives.

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The village of Bankpura has come together for the cause of safe-drinking water. As a result, they are empowered and are prospering.

Bankpura village is in Mehgaon gram panchayat in Dharampuri block in district Dhar of Madhya Pradesh. It is situated 26km away from the sub-district headquarters, Dharampuri, and 68km away from the district headquarter, Dhar. Dhamnod is the nearest town to this village which is approximately 7km away. It is well connected by roads and railways. Being well connected, it has been fortunate to avail the government schemes meant for rural development. 

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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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Bombay HC demands release of water from private dams

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Fluorosis-affected villagers can now heave a sigh of relief. The dream of safe drinking water at their doorstep has become a reality.

Seema Kalu, suffering from skeletal fluorosis (Source:Dalpat & Heena)

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