South Deccan Plateau

Amidst Covid-19 second wave, two cyclones hit the Indian coasts
News this fortnight Posted on 27 May, 2021 09:26 PM

Cyclone Tauktae hit the west coast, while Yaas batters the east coast

Fallen lampost and trees lay sprawled across the road after a cyclone (Image Source: IWP Flickr Photos)
Horizontal wells bring more water
Adda boring is emerging as a cleaner alternative to vertical boring keeping farmers happy. Posted on 19 Mar, 2018 01:09 PM

Hanumanthappa Ramanagar from Kushtagi taluka of Karnataka’s Koppal district has 15 acres of arid land with two deep wells on two sides of the land. One is a “very old” dug well and the other, a tubewell, is just 10 years old. Both were on the verge of going defunct two years ago. “There were many areas of land around us which were facing a similar fate.

Govind Ram Jat and his team from Rajasthan. (Pic courtesy: 101Reporters)
River health goes south
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. Posted on 07 Jun, 2017 11:32 AM

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.

These iconic falls at Athirapally are threatened by a hydroelectric project upstream. (Source: Arathi Kumar Rao)
Rice that withstands drought
Scientists develop a new variety of rice that needs very little water and can withstand drought. Posted on 19 May, 2017 05:30 PM

A group of Indian, Chinese, and Canadian scientists has developed transgenic rice that gives high yield even under severe water deficit. The new rice variety has been developed by transferring a gene from a common plant, Arabidopsis thaliana, into a variety of Indian rice called samba mahsuri.

A case of vanishing greens
The changing landscape from rapid development makes agriculture difficult for farmers in peri-urban Hyderabad. Posted on 12 May, 2017 06:48 PM

Kokapet, one of the study villages for the project ‘Ensuring Water Security in Metropolitan Hyderabad’, was the first village that we visited for field work. Even though we refer to them as ‘villages’, there was very little that we found village-like here.

A farmer at work. (Source: SaciWATERs)
Looting water for fun
Hyderabad sources water for most of its amusements and recreation from villages nearby, depleting groundwater and creating water shortage for the villagers. Posted on 09 May, 2017 09:16 AM

An impromptu weekend plan landed me in Wonderla Amusement Park in Hyderabad. My fear of heights made me go only on those rides that seemed slower and lower. These happened to be the water rides, as they were my safest bet.

Severe water crisis grips southern India
News this week Posted on 07 Mar, 2017 01:47 PM

Southern India reels under drought-like conditions

Parched land during drought in India. (Source: IWP Flickr Photos)
Bangalore needs to break class barriers if its lakes are to be saved
The govt. has started reclaiming encroached lake beds in the IT city but unless citizens interact across class divides, these urban water bodies will continue to spew foam, says Leo F. Saldanha. Posted on 25 Oct, 2015 12:15 PM

Lakes spewing foam and catching fire in Bangalore made big news for several weeks but this is just an indication of the times to come as we fill up water bodies with effluents or turn them into sewage dumps in most cities across India. India Water Portal talks to Leo F. Saldanha of Bangalore-based Environment Support Group on how to manage these precious resources. 

Foam from lake engulfs vehicles in Bangalore. Source: Yoga Priya
Battling water scarcity with borewell recharge
“Best practices in water management are too scattered, and results are not clearly visible. A model village would be ideal to spread awareness”, says Devaraja Reddy, a hydrogeologist in Chitradurga. Posted on 03 Dec, 2014 09:27 PM

Chitradurga district in Karnataka receives the lowest rainfall in the state. According to the Drought Monitoring Board, most borewells are dry and where there is water, its quality is poor. According to Chitradurga-based Devaraja Reddy who is a hydrogeologist,150-200 borewells were drilled in 2013, with an unfortunate success rate of 2%.

Basavaraj on his field in Chitradurga
Neighbour's envy, user's pride!
Basavaraj's house in drought-prone Chitradurga district in Karnataka is mostly self-sufficient for water. Was it serendipity, luck or something more? Posted on 20 Oct, 2014 12:46 PM

Chitradurga district in southern Karnataka is infamous for drought. People here constantly suffer from water shortage and in the last few years, the problem has escalated due to poor rainfall. 

Basavaraj's water-sufficient house in Chitradurga