Ramanathapuram District

NGT anguished over pollution in Ganga, Yamuna rivers
Policy matters this week Posted on 31 Jul, 2018 12:56 PM

NGT slams NMCG and DJB over pollution in Ganga and Yamuna rivers

The Ganga river (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Palk Bay: Trawled and damaged
In the last of a two-part series on the importance of conserving the Palk Bay, a video shows how trawling is spelling doom to the ecology of the bay. Posted on 28 Nov, 2017 04:05 PM

The Palk Bay is an ecological paradise located between the island nation of Sri Lanka and the South East Peninsula India. The region separates the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu from the northern parts of Sri Lanka.

The Palk Bay (Source: GIZ)
Conserving Palk Bay
In the first of a two-part series on the ecological degradation of the Palk Bay, a video explains the importance of conserving this biodiversity hotspot. Posted on 28 Nov, 2017 04:04 PM

The Palk Bay is a 15,000 sq km biodiversity conglomeration nestled between the island nation of Sri Lanka and South East Peninsula India with a coastal length of 250 km on the Indian side. 

The Palk Bay (Source: GIZ)
500 year old water structure in Rameshwaram rediscovered!
After 30 days of digging and removing 6000 tractor loads of sand, the evasive Dharmar Theertham was found intact with fresh water being replenished in a pit in the middle of the structure. Posted on 03 Dec, 2014 10:12 PM

The word 'Theertham' literally means ‘water’ but in Hindu mythology, it is usually the physical holy water body associated with a temple or deity.

The 80 X 35 feet structure of Dharmar Theertham
40% of Delhi houses not connected with sewerage network: Census
News this week: 40% people in Delhi live in houses without sewerage, cyclone Leher passes off peacefully and farmers affected by erosion in Tripura sell land. Posted on 01 Dec, 2013 08:10 PM

40% people in the National capital live in houses not connected to sewerage network

No sewerage but a dirty river Source: The Hindu
Symbolic yet neglected
The 64 sacred teerthas at Rameshwaram are historically important and also contain a wealth of knowledge in water conservation methods. Can local communities continue to maintain them well? Posted on 17 Nov, 2013 10:17 PM

Rameshwaram is well-known as one of India's most sacred places and is an important pilgrimage centre. However, what isn't well-known is the history behind the 64 teerthas (holy water bodies) in and around the island.

The sacred teerthas at Rameshwaram
Dhanushkodi: stuck between science and religion
The Sethusamudram canal might aid shipping traffic in the area but how will it impact the fisherfolk who totally depend on the sea and the island for their livelihoods? Posted on 04 Nov, 2013 09:34 PM

Dhanushkodi, bordered by the Bay of Bengal on one side and the Indian Ocean on the other, was a major point of entry to India until 1964, when a cyclone devastated the entire town [1]. Now, only a few fisherfolk remain. 

The fisherfolk of Dhanushkodi
The story of Dhanushkodi, a cyclone hit town, where reality coexists with myths, mysteries and miracles
This article describes a visit to Dhanushkodi and the method by which the island-dwellers source sweet drinking water Posted on 16 Mar, 2013 08:55 AM

A visit to Dhanushkodi makes one wonder as to how such  peace and tranquility can at times, also unleash such fury and destruction, but then life goes on, as does for the small section of the fisherfolk who continue to inhabit the island and depend on it for their basic needs of food and drinking water, which the island continues to provide for them

Drinking water from a fresh pit everyday - The life of people in the fishing settlements in Dhanuskodi
In spite of non existent water and sanitation facilities, people from the fishing settlements manage to live here. Posted on 12 Nov, 2009 11:59 PM

In an earlier post Microfinance for Water - How would it Work? I had put up a picture of a woman drawing water out from a pit.

Microfinance for water: How will it work?
An analysis on how micro finance could change the landscape of water based problems that the Indian towns and villages face, at the level of access and distribution. Posted on 04 Nov, 2009 09:09 PM

Lately there have been some conversations about water sector and microfinance, about bringing in microfinance to address water issues like access to clean drinking water, household water distribution and supply, associated problems of sanitation like underground drainage, and utilities.