The tragic tale of Erai
The polluted Erai river needs to be restored before it completely dies and leaves the people dependent on it searching for drinking water. Posted on 30 Nov, 2018 10:56 AM

The Erai river, the main tributary of the Wardha river, is the lifeline for the people of Chandrapur in Maharashtra. It primarily supplies water to the Chandrapur city and Chandrapur super thermal power station (CSTPS). Since 1984, after the initiation of operations of M/s CSTPS and Western Coalfields Limited (WCL), the river has begun to get polluted and is now gasping for breath.

The Erai river (Source: India Water Portal)
Monsoon 2016: Rains create havoc
News this week Posted on 25 Sep, 2016 09:51 PM

Rains cause havoc in Hyderabad while Mumbai lakes, dams overflow with water

Powai Lake, Mumbai. (Source: Wikipedia)
Spike in farmer suicides
News this week Posted on 21 Aug, 2016 08:47 PM

India witnesses 40 percent rise in farmer suicides in a year

A farmer in his field. (Source: India Water Portal)
Swachh Bharat Mission launched on Gandhi Jayanti
Policy matters this week Posted on 06 Oct, 2014 11:09 PM

PM launches the nationwide cleanliness campaign

Swachh Bharat Mission (Source: Economic Times)
Floods wreak havoc in North India
News this week Posted on 19 Aug, 2014 12:43 PM

Heavy rain causes floods in Uttarakahand, Assam, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar

Heavy rains causing flood in North India
From farming to fishing: The journey of the tribals of Dhimbe
The many tribals who were displaced by the Dhimbe dam lost their land but not their livelihoods. They took up cage fish farming and figured out an alternate form of cultivation. Posted on 04 May, 2014 09:10 PM

Dimbhe dam is located near the tourist spot of Bhimashankar in Maharashtra. With a capacity of 13.5 million cubic meters, the dam displaced 1253 families, submerged 11 villages and partiallly affected another 13 villages when it was completed in 2000.

Cage farming at Dhimbe dam, Maharashtra
India's dykes on Kaliganga cause misery to Nepal
News this week: Nepal blames India for causing floods in former's territory; Study says Ganga is loaded with superbugs; Slowdown affects water use in Pune industries. Posted on 24 Feb, 2014 04:18 PM


India builds dykes on Kaliganga, causes misery to Nepal

Floods in Darchula in Nepal (Source: Wikipedia)
Let the Western Ghats be 'damned': A presentation on how dam building affects the ecology and social structure of these biodiversity spots
The western ghats are being relentlessly and systematically dammed. Officials create confusing jargon, find legal loopholes and the environmental procedure is waved off. Posted on 29 Jan, 2013 03:19 PM

These global biodiversity hotspots in the country, extraordinarily rich in plant and animal species, are being submerged in the name of development and growth. An overview of the dams built and proposed in this area.

"Arghyam prepares Water Quality Management (WQM) framework for rural areas" - Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation releases its first e-newsletter on water and sanitation in India (December 2012)
This first e-newsletter, launched by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, titled - 'Swajal Nirmal Bharat' begins with a renewed focus on the achievement of sanitation outcomes. It discusses the Working Group’s review of the Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC), now called the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA) or the Clean India Campaign and its suggested strategies, priorities, and allocation for implementation in the 12th Five Year Plan. It talks on how the new strategy is aimed at transforming rural India into ‘Nirmal Bharat’ by adopting the community saturation approach. Posted on 24 Dec, 2012 08:51 PM

The newsletter refers to the nationwide campaign carried out by Arghyam, with the aim of creating awareness on water quality issues with a specific focus on fluoride contamination in groundwater sources, by engaging students from across the country in a water quality testing, analysis, and reporting.

In the newsletter, the spotlight is turned on:

South India left with water storage level lowest in a decade - Roundup of the week's news (December 17 – 23, 2012)
The news this week is dominated by reports on the severe water storage level in the south of India followed by news on water conflicts between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, the irrigation scam in Maharashtra and the Ganga cleaning initiative launched by the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board Posted on 24 Dec, 2012 06:41 PM

South India left with water storage level lowest in a decade