North and Central Sahyadris (Western Ghats)

  • Reservoir levels increase to 85 percent of overall capacity this year According to the latest report of the Central Water Commission (CWC), the live storage available in the 113 reservoirs monitored by it, is 85 percent of the total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage is around 2...
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  • NGT orders DDA to ensure farming on the Yamuna floodplains is stopped by 2020 The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has ordered the Delhi Development Authority to ensure that farming of fruit and vegetables on the Yamuna floodplains is stopped and the area is restored into a biodiversity area. The trib...
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  • Not just surface water, pollution leads to deficit in dissolved oxygen in Ganga's riverbed sediment: Study A study conducted by the researchers at the Institute of Science, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi has found that the excess pollution in the Ganga river is not only polluting the water but ...
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  • Country's groundwater crisis showcases need to enact model groundwater bill As per the Central Groundwater Board (CGWB) data, there is a rapid fall in water tables over the past decade with a fall of two to four metre in 61 percent wells between 2007 and 2017. Even the data on the depth of wells sh...
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  • Devise time-bound plan to address water contamination: Parliamentary committee Taking note of arsenic and fluoride contamination in groundwater of over 25,000 habitations across the country, the parliamentary committee has asked the Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MDWS) to come up ...
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  • Yamuna river pollution: NMCG approves projects worth Rs 1,573 crore With an aim to curb pollution in the Yamuna river in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Himachal Pradesh, National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has approved 10 projects worth Rs 1573.28 crore. A major part of the funds has bee...
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  • No more clearance to activities affecting eco zones in the Western Ghats: NGT Taking note of the recent floods in Kerala, the National Green Tribunal has restrained the six states falling in the Western Ghats region from giving environmental clearance to activities which may adversely affect the ec...
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  • The mountain range that runs along the west coast of peninsular India from Tamil Nadu through Kerala, Karnataka, and Goa to Maharashtra is known as the Western Ghats and is very well known for its majestic beauty. It is also among the top eight biodiversity hotspots in the world. The Western Ghats h...
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  • Chennai reels under acute crisis of drinking water Tamil Nadu is witnessing the worst drought in 140 years and Chennai is reeling under an acute crisis of drinking water as all four lakes--Poondi, Red Hills, Cholavaram and Chembarambakkam--around the city have dried up. Many areas in the city ...
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  • Normal monsoon expected this year: IMD Sending a positive signal to the farm sector, the national weather forecaster has predicted a normal monsoon for this year with the seasonal monsoon rainfall likely to be 96 percent of the long period average (LPA). Also, even the rainfall distributi...
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  • A majority of states fail to stop overexploitation of groundwater The central government has informed the parliamentary committee that most of the states have not complied with the 2013 order of preparing a master plan for artificial recharge of groundwater. Only six states--Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat...
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  • The Mandovi river is picture perfect. She is the wide, placid river fringed by the coconut palms and dotted by the boats that we think of when we think of Goa. For the Goans, the Mandovi is a lifeline as she provides drinking water and fish. She also waters the rice crop that they live on and serves...
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  • South India performs better in the Swachh Bharat rankingsKarnataka's Mysore city has been ranked first in the Swachh Bharat rankings released by the Ministry of Urban Development. The rankings are based on the extent of open defecation and solid waste management practices in 476 cities across the co...
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  • Centre gives nod to 170 eco- sensitive zones in the country The Environment Ministry has cleared 170 eco-sensitive zones in the country and by the end of the year plans to wrap up the entire business of such zones. With the completion of the mandatory 60-day period of public comments that...
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  • Fear of floods looms over Kashmir again Heavy rainfall in Kashmir over the past few hours has led to the river Jhelum flowing above the danger mark, intermittent power cuts, landslides and water logging in different parts of the valley. Eight teams of the National Disaster Response Force have been ...
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  • Centre approves reconstituting the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan into Swachh Bharat Mission The Centre has given its nod for the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan to be restructured into the Swachh Bharat Mission. The latter will have two sub-missions: Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) and Swachh Bharat Mission (Urb...
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  • SC gets strict with illegal river sand miners The Supreme Court has ordered prosecution under the Indian Penal Code for those found mining sand from river banks and beds without a valid licence. The order was given following a conflicting judgment passed by the High Courts regarding the M...
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  • Higher monetary incentives for toilet construction and delinking sanitation mission from MGNREGS The Union Minister for Rural Development, Drinking Water and Sanitation has announced raising incentives for building toilets. The new subsidy amounts are as follows: from Rs 10,000 to 15,000 ...
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  • Scientists say Himachal prone to Uttarakhand-like flash floodsJNU scientists have found that 11 out of the 249 glacial lakes in Himachal Pradesh have a high potential for breach due to the increased vulnerability of the state to climate change. A threat of flash floods, similar to the Uttarakha...
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  • Abolish manual scavenging: SCThe Supreme Court has ordered all states to abolish manual scavenging and undertake measures to rehabilitate manual scavengers. It has also directed the states to pay a compensation of Rs.10 lakh each to the family of manual scavengers who have died while enter...
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NGT orders DDA to ensure farming on the Yamuna floodplains is stopped by 2020

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Not just surface water, pollution leads to deficit in dissolved oxygen in Ganga's riverbed sediment: Study

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Country's groundwater crisis showcases need to enact model groundwater bill

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Devise time-bound plan to address water contamination: Parliamentary committee

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Yamuna river pollution: NMCG approves projects worth Rs 1,573 crore

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No more clearance to activities affecting eco zones in the Western Ghats: NGT

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A new study points out that the evapotranspiration from the vegetation over the Western Ghats accounts for one-quarter of the rainfall over peninsular India.

The mountain range that runs along the west coast of peninsular India from Tamil Nadu through Kerala, Karnataka, and Goa to Maharashtra is known as the Western Ghats and is very well known for its majestic beauty. It is also among the top eight biodiversity hotspots in the world. The Western Ghats host over 400 species and seven distinct vegetation types. 

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