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In a two-part series, we look at the health of rivers across India. Here's a comprehensive assessment of the condition of rivers in the south and the west.

Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Goa, all located in the west of India, have rivers belonging to several different basins. With the exception of rivers in Rajasthan that drain into the Yamuna basin, the other rivers in these states either drain into the Bay of Bengal via the peninsular basins or run from the Western Ghats and into the Arabian sea.

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The Maharashtra Govt plans to invest Rs. 800 crore to extend the 'Shirpur Model' of groundwater recharge across the state. Is it recharge or withdrawal that this model promotes?

“What is in a name? That which we call a rose, would smell as sweet by any other”, goes the line from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. There is quite a lot in a name, Juliet, especially if attaching the wrong terminology to a process is used to appropriate public funds - Rs. 800 crores, in fact.

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Hi,

I have a farm near Pune. It has 5 borewells. These borewells are approximately 40-50 feet deep. I want to start recharging them. I have no idea how to start.

Tips and suggestons to start borewell recharge will be  very useful.

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Hello,

I have a borewell at a depth of 245 ft. Recently, when we tried to insert the motor deeper in the borewell to fetch water, it stopped functioning. Upon enquiring a mechanic he suggested that the motor is stuck in mud . We tried inserting washing powder , bath soap into the pipe to remove the motor but failed .

Any cost effective suggestions please...

Sandeep Jamdar

Kagal , Kolhapur District, Maharashtra

09545551209 

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Hi,

I wish to set a plant for packed drinking water in Sangli. I need information on required machines and equipments, plant layout, raw materials needed ,cost of project, any subsidy by government etc.

Any information on this from anyone will be useful

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Randullabad village has been practising participatory groundwater management for the last two years with ACWADAM's guidance. This article details this achievement.

India is heavily dependent on groundwater use. Domestic use, agriculture and industry all rely on groundwater extracted by means of pumps, wells and tanks. This  dependence is illustrated by falling groundwater levels. Frequently, this overuse and consequent decline trigger conflicts.

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On the occasion of World Wetlands Day - 2013, TERI focused on identifying the need, gaps, and devising strategies for long term conservation of “Urban Wetlands” of Maharashtra, India.

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This book strings together stories of people forced to part with their lands to make way for progress and development.


A village awaits doomsday

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The indigenous knowledge of in tribal communities in managing the forest resources cannot be overlooked. This paper in Economic and Political Weekly, sheds light on this aspect of forest management.

The Forest Conservation Act and Forest Rights Act have acquired significant attention ever since they were passed in 1980 and 2006. While the former restricts the alteration brought to the forestland, the latter extends the rights of forest dwellers to use its resources. Though both the acts were passed by both the houses of parliament, the Ministry of Environment and Forest and other conservationist believe that this will lead to destruction of forests and wildlife.

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The Maharashtra Water Resource Regulatory Authority (MWRRA) has in March 2012 circulated its approach paper on criteria for determination of bulk water tariff for the period 2013-2016. The draft is now put out for public consultation, which is the next step in the exercise as per the regulations.

 

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