In conversation with K. J. Joy of SOPPECOM
In this interview, Joy talks about his work as an activist working in rural Maharashtra, and how he came to work on water conflicts in India. priyad posted 2 years 3 months ago

To many in the water sector, K. J. Joy needs no introduction. An activist at heart, Joy is known for his untiring rights based work in mobilising communities in rural Maharashtra, and for his research work on water and water related conflicts including inter-state riparian water conflicts.

KJ Joy speaks at a felicitation for the late Professor Ramaswamy Iyer.
River conservation efforts need to be prioritised
Healthy forests are necessary for healthy rivers and prosperous communities that depend on the river, say experts. Amita Bhaduri posted 2 years 9 months ago

Odisha is home to 11 major rivers of which many are interstate rivers such as the Mahanadi. As climate change makes extreme rainfall events more frequent in the state, there is an urgent need to better manage the rivers and their basins.

Engagement with indigenous communities in protecting natural forests and rivers is vital (Image: Priya Ranjan Sahoo)
Nominations invited for third batch of Odisha Water Honours
Water Initiatives, Odisha (WIO), the leading voice of water in Odisha for nearly three decades, has invited nominations from individuals and communities for the 3rd batch of Odisha Water Honours. Swati Bansal posted 2 years 11 months ago

The Odisha Water Honours, the only of its

Two states and a river: More power or more water?
The latest addition to India’s interstate river water conflicts, the Mahanadi will soon go water deficit if Odisha and Chhattisgarh don’t control their hunger for coal-fired power. Amita Bhaduri posted 3 years 1 month ago

A new study, Mahanadi: Coal Rich, Water-Stressed sheds light on how both Odisha and Chhattisgarh have locked horns over the distribution of waters of the Mahanadi river. The 851-km-long river originates in the Dhamtari district of Chhattisgarh, flows through the state and then Odisha before joining the Bay of Bengal at Odisha’s coast.

The Hirakud dam (Image: Makarand Purohit, India Water Portal)
Anicuts affect Mahanadi's flow
While the three anicuts on the Mahanadi are hampering its free flow, another one is being planned by the government. makarandpurohit posted 3 years 8 months ago

Gopal Nishad, a fisherman in his early 40s, is frustrated that there is hardly any fish left in the Mahanadi’s basin at Pitaibandh due to the lack of water in the basin. This basin is located near Rajim-Nawapara in Chhattisgarh, the proposed site for the fourth anicut on the Mahanadi.

Anicut on the Mahanadi basin at Rajim-Nawapara (Source: India Water Portal)
Rajim kumbh: Leave Mahanadi alone
Rajim kumbh mela has left the Mahanadi river crying for attention. makarandpurohit posted 3 years 10 months ago

Around 25 lakh pilgrims across the country took a holy dip in the Mahanadi during the Rajim kumbh festival held in Rajim from January 31-February 13, 2018. For this annual religious extravaganza at the confluence of the Mahanadi, Sondur and Pairi rivers in Chhattisgarh, the state government organised various religious events.

The entrance of the CG government's culture and tourism exhibition venue at Rajim kumbh 2018.
Temples of conservation
Temple sanctuaries of India play an important part in conserving fish diversity in rivers. River Mahanadi is an example. arathi posted 4 years ago

Rivers hold a special place in Indian civilisation and culture. They are treated divine and temples are located along the course of rivers. Rivers, with a variety of mesohabitats in it, support rich and diverse native fauna and act as natural reserve of fish germplasm.

A temple in the Mahanadi at Sonepur in Odisha.
Soil health is declining in India: Report
News this week Swati Bansal posted 4 years 1 month ago

Carbon content in India's soil decreases

India's soil health needs attention. (Source: IWP Flickr photo)
Loan waiver alone cannot solve farmers' woes: Experts
News this week Swati Bansal posted 4 years 6 months ago

Need to tackle core issues to end farm crisis: Experts

A farmer on his field. (Source: India Water Portal)
Solar irrigation cooperative to solve groundwater crisis
News this week Swati Bansal posted 4 years 7 months ago

India's groundwater crisis: Gujarat's solar irrigation cooperative embarks on a solution

A solar water pump (Source: Sehgal Foundation)