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This study on water allocation from Rajsamand Lake in Rajasthan reveals that current law & policy frameworks are underdeveloped & do not address concerns on equitable allocation of water among users.

Besides water scarcity, allocation of water has become an important concern in India over the last few decades. This is especially true in the drier areas of  Western Rajasthan where along with limitations in physical availability of water, social and economic aspects of water scarcity have made water allocation among different users a complex issue.

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Study shows half of Srinagar's water bodies have disappeared in the past century

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Hundreds of villagers pitched in to revive a village pond at Bapugaon, a village in Rajasthan, to make it water and food secure.

It had not rained for awhile and the tiny cracks in the earth in Bapugaon were opening up. This little village in Chaksu tehsil of Jaipur was yet again faced with a drought in the mid 1980s. The situation was aggravated in 1986 when the river Dhund, an important water source for Bapugaon, went dry. Since then, both the quantity and quality of water started deteriorating. The rains were playing truant yet again and had stopped buffing up the rocks and big boulders scattered over the hills.

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Taankas are trusted allies in the harsh weather of Rajasthan, but the focus is shifting now onto personal assets rather than community resources.

We were driving down the long desert road that runs parallel to the Indo-Pakistan border in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. There was little else to see except the surrounding sand dunes and desert grass. That's where I saw a ‘taanka--a raised platform with a small opening to fetch water from its womb--for the first time.

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Godavari, Krishna rivers interlinked

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Despite many plans, neither rural nor urban are water secure thanks to the Bisalpur Dam since it was constructed in 2007.

Ten years ago five farmers were shot protesting the diversion of waters from Bisalpur dam to Jaipur city, located about 130 kms away. People from villages en route the pipeline insisted that their drinking and domestic water needs be met before catering to urban demands. A crowd of around 2500 people had assembled at Soyla village in a gripping mark of unity – but five of them did not return home. This included Hansa Devi, a pregnant woman.

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North Rajasthan is making good use of subsidies for micro irrigation and solar water pumps but can this sustain?

As we leave behind the smooth, straight drive of NH 89 and take a dirt path that whirls around a few miles of undulating desert grassland, we end at a large patch of emerald green which looks outlandish. “The reason for such a spectacle in these harsh conditions lies close to the ground,” says Ravinder Chhabra, my local guide in Bikaner. We meet farm owner Sunil Bishnoi, a bespectacled man with a reticent demeanour. “In the last three years, I have seen an income rise of five times from this farm.

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The textile printing cluster at Sanganer near Jaipur presents a Catch-22 situation on the right to pollution free water versus the right to livelihoods.

Amanishah nallah flowing through Sanganer, a town located 15 kms from Jaipur, is getting murkier by the day as the the textile hand printing industry in the area is getting more prosperous.

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This I-Day new name given to the Agriculture Ministry and the Swachh Vidyalaya mission accomplished 

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Water Ministry restricts permission to dam projects hindering e-flow of rivers

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