Murshidabad District

The Farakka barrage is an ageing symbol of our need to control rivers and our inability to do so. Can we do away with it?

The chief minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar, called for the decommissioning of the Farakka barrage recently. This demand, unlike what may be expected, was not motivated by a love for free-flowing rivers.

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Final nod to Telangana

Government approves bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh into Telangana and Seemandhra with Hyderabad as a joint capital for 10 years. The approval came two months after the passing of resolution to form the 29th Indian state.

Solar powered India- not a distant reality anymore

News this week - Chromium contaminates drinking water in Peenya industrial area, NEERI develops new technology to treat effluents and water crisis hits 22 big cities in India.

Chromium afflicts borewells in India's largest industrial area

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Graphical representation of groundwater level in Murshidabad. Maps represents water depth in May and November. It also provoide information on location of tube wells, dug wells and location of arsenic and iron concentration beyond permissible limit.

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I visited three arsenic affected districts of West Bengal while making a documentary on arsenic pollution in drinking water in West Bengal.

 Arsenic poisoning in these districts is a serious environmental problem and is affecting the health of millions of people in the State. The problem has been aggravated with increase in groundwater exploitation leading to leaching of arsenic located in upper layers of sediment down into the deep aquifers.

During my visits to these districts, I have had dreary experiences -

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This information booklet from the Central Ground Water Board (Eastern Region) deals with groundwater related information for the arsenic infested district of Murshidabad in West Bengal

The groundwater related issues and problems the distrcit include:

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The study analyses knowledge of well drillers about groundwater aquifers and verify it with scientific data

In the absence of groundwater instrumentation networks in India, the knowledge of local well drillers about the location, quality, etc of groundwater aquifers is invaluable. 

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Our thanks to Carewater (Click here)for sharing these files with IWP.

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