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The Mahanadi's longest tributary, the Shivnath, has borne the brunt of urbanisation and industrialisation but the impact has been felt the most by residents. We capture their story in pictures.

The Shivnath River is the longest tributary of the Mahanadi River. It was the first river in India whose water rights (23.5 km stretch of the Shivnath River in Durg district, Chattisgarh) were sold to a private company Radius Water Limited (RWL) 16 years ago.

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One day session in RaipurConserving rivers for our future is the need of the hour. Nadi Ghati Morcha, a people’s platform to address river issues in Chhattisgarh has celebrated the World Water Week in a very different and an innovative way.

The recent jaundice outbreak in Sambalpur, Odisha has again unfolded several questions related to rise of water-borne diseases in urban areas in India. This film explores these problems.

Between May and December 2014, 17 deaths were registered in Sambalpur due to jaundice but residents say that the death toll due to water-borne diseases is much more than that. In January 2015, the Odisha High Court issued a notice to the state government asking it to furnish details on the steps taken to check the Jaundice outbreak in Sambalpur. 

What is Jaundice?

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News this week

Odisha reels under floods as Mahanadi crosses danger mark

Heavy rainfall has caused floods in Odisha killing nearly 45 people, damaging 30,000 houses and destroying 3.2 million hectares of paddy cultivation. About 3.5 million people across 300 villages in the state have been affected by the floods and almost 100,000 people have made their way to the government relief camps.

No inspection of 348 large dams for over a decade: CAG

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Policy matters this week: NGT seeks to examine 956 units for causing pollution in Ganga; POSCO allowed to draw water from Mahanadi and Hansua rivers; SC favours TN in Mullaperiyar dam case.

956 units in UP gets notice for polluting Ganga

The Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) has issued notice to 956 Grossly Polluting Industries (GPIs) that were discharging effluents directly into the Ganga river. The National Green Tribunal has demanded an examination of all these 956 units and has ordered the authorities to submit a report of the same along with photographs by May 21. 

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Marathwada on a suicide spree, again

 After last year's drought, it is the hailstorm in February this year which led to large scale crop destruction. 73 farmers have committed suicide since then even as the numbers keep growing

World Bank rejects loan for Himachal hydro project

Maharashtra govt plans for land reclamation from sea

State government revives its past suggestion for large-scale restoration of land in Mumbai from the Arabian Sea. Recommends undertaking the study to assess the environmental and social impact of the reclamation project.

UP govt releases Rs. 10 crore for Ganga project

Rivers in India can be broadly classified as Himalayan Rivers and Peninsular Rivers [1]. Ganga, Yamuna, Brahmaputra and other Himalayan rivers are perennial as they are snow-fed, plus they get water from rainfall. The peninsular rivers are rainfed and some of them are seasonal.

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