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Cabinet approves the National Watershed Management Project, worth Rs.2,142 crore

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Excessive sand quarrying to meet the demands of the construction industry is destroying local irrigation systems in Anantapur. Which will prevail - agriculture or construction?

The construction industry went through a boom in the 1990s due to more people demanding and affording houses. This put a lot of pressure on the Pennar area in Andhra Pradesh. Sandmining, which is the process of taking sand, became rampant at that time. This caused changes in the river’s ability to carry water, blocked the water flow, impaired the drainage and almost destroyed the entire river system.

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The page has information on the tributaries, catchment area and drainage patterns of the many rivers in the state

The Water Resources Department of Karnataka has a lot of relevant information on the river systems in Karnataka, irrigation, water resource development projects in Karnataka, notifications and orders, performance budgeting and allocation.

The map of the river basins of Karnataka can be viewed here.

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The research study will help in providing the basis for planning for future strategic interventions in the river basins mentioned in the study, and to encourage similar exercises in other regions

As part of the research study, River Basins and River Basin Organisations in South Asia, done by the Society for Participatory Development Hyderabad, CapNet South Asia (Read More) and Gomukh Environmental Trust for Sustainable Development Pune (Click Here), data about individual river basins has been collected for the river basins in South Asia.

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