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  • NGT announces heavy fines, bans farming to clean up Yamuna Under its judgement 'Maili se Nirmal Yamuna Project 2017', the National Green Tribunal has announced a fine ranging from Rs 5000-50,000 for anyone found throwing waste into the Yamuna river. Also, the Tribunal has ordered the Delhi Jal Boar...
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  • Despite its shrinking greens, Delhi has significant tree diversity. Pradip Krishen, a naturalist, author and filmmaker, identifies around 250 tree species in the concrete jungle, in his book titled ‘Trees of Delhi’ published in 2007. But these trees do not have the breathing room they need ...
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  • Big sandstone hills cover the landscape dotted by little grass, while the land below is covered with Israeli babool (akesia tortlis), an invasive species which does not let any other vegetation grow. Amidst this, Baadi village with its lush green fields full of cabbage, pepper and groundnut seems ou...
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  • As you drive from Jodhpur to Jaipur, the barren and desolate terrain underscores the harsh environment. The land is bleached due to high soil salinity, and there are no water sources in sight. This guarantees that there is no vegetation other than weeds like Israeli babool (akesia tor...
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  • Water connects food and religion. Religious ceremonies often involve taking a dip in a water body, and any food or meal is incomplete without water. The same two things - food and religion - stand out in Bikaner. While hot kachoris and samosas line street stalls, Mata Karni Devi and Baba Ramdev (not...
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  • Hi, I am a PhD student and need water (Ground/Surface) quality data (Chemical or/and Biological parameters) for my research purpose. I want to buy/get water quality datasets for Delhi, Rajasthan and Haryana regions for last 5 years at least. I humbly request you to help me in this matter. Thanks, ...
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  • PM launches the nationwide cleanliness campaign The Prime Minister formally launched the nationwide cleanliness campaign, the 'Swachh Bharat Mission' or 'Clean India Campaign' on October 2. On the same day, the Minister of State, Social Justice and Empowerment launched the 'Swachhta Udyami Yojana -...
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  • Dibang hydel project gets Centre's nod The Centre has decided to construct the 3000 MW Dibang Hydroelectric Project in Arunachal Pradesh without carying out any public consultation or impact study. On request from the new Government, the Expert Appraisal Committee has reconsidered the environmental...
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  • The name of a place can tell one much about its history. Take Mokla talab, a village 62 km southeast of Udaipur for example. Mokla means sufficient in Rajasthani and talab means pond. The village was named after its overflowing talab. But what happens when the talaab is overflowi...
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  • Water scarcity is being felt all across the world today. A major contributor to this loss is the excessive mining of groundwater and the lack of understanding of how traditional water sources in the villages, ponds and wells, contribute in keeping villages self sufficient . In 'Aaj Bhi Khare H...
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  • Kaladera, a small village about 40 km from Jaipur has always been known for its chaubandi (mud resist printing) and natural dyeing but it has been getting a lot of attention since 1999. No, it's not because of the handicraft but because of Coca Cola, which set up a bottling plant there. Soon af...
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  • Impact study demands for a no-go zone for hydel projects in Sutlej A Cumulative Environmental Impact Assessment (CEIA) study conducted by the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE), Dehradun has suggested that the governement mark 'no-hydro project zones' in the Sutlej basin...
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  • India receives only 85.8 mm of rain this JuneAccording to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), India has received only 85.8 mm of rainfall between June 1 and 28, making it the driest June since 1901. June 2014 has experienced 42% lesser rainfall from the average. The worst impacted state...
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  • Sardar Sarovar dam height to be raised by 17m The Central Water Resources Ministry has allowed the Gujarat Government to increase the height of the Sardar Sarovar dam by 17 metres. This will lead to the submergence of 245 tribal villages displacing over 250,000 people across Madhya Prades...
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  • Sehgal foundation has constructed the check dam at Rawli village in Mewat, Haryana for recharging the groundwater. The check dam, that will serve the bordering villages at Haryana and Rajasthan, has been inaugurated and handed over to the project beneficiaries committee for operation and maintenance...
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  • Environmentalists wary of Modi's green agenda Environmentalists have raised concerns about the new BJP government and have said that they should learn from the previous government's failures. There are concerns about Narendra Modi's vocal support for river interlinking and hydropower dams...
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  • Dear Sir/ Ma'am,I am unable to download sikar_groundwater.pdf from the link https://www.indiawaterportal.org/articles/cgwbs-district-groundwater-atlas-rajasthan. Please email me the document if possible.Warm regardsManish 9408485719
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  • 956 units in UP gets notice for polluting Ganga The Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) has issued notice to 956 Grossly Polluting Industries (GPIs) that were discharging effluents directly into the Ganga river. The National Green Tribunal has demanded an examination of all these 956 unit...
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  • 80 countries join hands to save world's oceansAt the recently held Global Oceans Action Summit for Blue Growth and Food Security, nearly 80 countries have decided to collectively tackle climate change, overfishing, habitat loss and pollution to save oceans across the world. The Summit has also ...
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  • About Bharat Rural Livelihoods Foundation: Bharat Rural Livelihoods Foundation is an independent society set up by the Government of India to foster and facilitate civil society action in partnership with government for transforming the livelihoods and lives of people in areas such as the...
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Environment minister calls Delhi pollution 'emergency situation'

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Country's first mobile chilled water kiosk in Rajasthan

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Despite the many beautiful lakes, Udaipur’s water crisis is baffling. Increasing tourism and pollution make the city dependent on external sources for water supply.

The city of Udaipur is all about its lakes. If Pichola gets the maximum tourist footfall, the scenic beauty of Fateh Sagar invites solitude lovers. The Udai Sagar lake in the east, which remained the first line of defence for the city, now meets the industrial need for water. 

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Citizens come forward to restore polluted lakes and rivers in their cities. They demand support and swift action from the government.

The pitiful state of some of the water bodies in the country, coupled with the sheer apathy of the government, have forced some well-meaning citizens to come out of their comfort zones and make a difference. Some of these efforts, like the Puttenahalli lake in Bengaluru that is now overflowing with clean water, have been successful, while others are ongoing. Here, we feature some stories of a few Good Samaritans and their efforts to restore the lakes and rivers of their cities.

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India witnesses 40 percent rise in farmer suicides in a year

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Jodhpur has a unique problem. Unlike other cities, it is dealing with excess groundwater. Reusing its traditional water structures is the way forward.

"Jatene dekho utene bawri" (wherever you look, there’s a stepwell). This is how the woman standing on the threshold of her house, in the walled city of Jodhpur, told us when we asked where we could find stepwells in her neighbourhood. 

According to Rajyavallabh and Prasad Mandan, two traditional books on town planning in Rajasthan, an ideal city should have 40 stepwells. Jodhpur has more than 100, some hidden away in its many narrow alleys. 

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Not enough water available for interlinking rivers: IIT study 

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NGT raps UP government over Yamuna's pollution near the Taj Mahal

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Centre launches 231 projects under Namami Gange

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Most water packaging units operating without license: FSSAI

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