Murshidabad District

Farakka faces a barrage of criticism
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? Posted on 27 Aug, 2016 08:25 AM

The chief minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar, called for the decommissioning of the Farakka barrage recently.

The lower Ganga, just upstream of Farakka, displays bank-cutting and erosion.
Chromium contaminates Bangalore's drinking water
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. Posted on 15 Sep, 2013 05:24 PM

Chromium afflicts borewells in India's largest industrial area

Groundwater contamination (Source:Google Images)
The real picture of arsenic pollution in West Bengal, India
I visited three arsenic affected districts of West Bengal while making a documentary on arsenic pollution in drinking water in West Bengal. Posted on 17 May, 2011 11:34 AM

 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 -

Groundwater information booklet of arsenic affected Murshidabad district of West Bengal
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 Posted on 12 Aug, 2009 11:32 AM

The groundwater related issues and problems the distrcit include:

The living wisdom: using local well driller knowledge to construct digital groundwater data bases
The study analyses knowledge of well drillers about groundwater aquifers and verify it with scientific data Posted on 14 May, 2009 12:39 PM

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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