West Bengal

  • India is the largest user of groundwater in the world. It uses an estimated 230 km3 of groundwater per year, which is over a quarter of the global total. About 85 percent of rural drinking water needs, 65 percent of irrigation needs and 50 percent of urban drinking water and industrial needs are ful...
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  • "Darjeeling today has a thriving water business, with a fleet of 105 trucks plying three or four trips a day from April to June, carrying 5500 to 6500 litres of water on each run" Source: Lama and Rai (2016)  'Chokho Pani: An Interface Between Regional And Environment In Darjeeling'. Himalay...
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  • Kerala government failed to use dams for flood control: Amicus curiae informs high court The court-appointed amicus curiae has reported to the Kerala High Court that the main cause of August 2018 floods in the state was the failure of the Kerala government to use the 79 dams for flood control. The ...
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  • The PVC Pipes in our apartment’s deep tubewell got stuck up as the submersible pump got burnt, as a result we are unable to pull out the clogged pipes and reuse the deep tubewell. Mechanics have tried with detergents and caustic soda but failed. Even chain pully was of no help. Please suggest a vi...
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  • Gujarat seeks financial aid of Rs 1,725 crore from the Centre for drought relief works  In the wake of droughts in several parts of the state, the Gujarat government has sought Rs 1,725 crore from the Centre to take up relief works. This year, Gujarat received just 73.87 percent of the average...
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  • Until a few decades ago, the Ganga flowed with gay abandon and descended with rapidity into the plains. Today the waters have withdrawn from its banks and downstream of the hydropower and irrigation projects that have hindered its flow, the Ganga is totally dry. The demand to restore and maintain t...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 5 months 5 days agoread more
  • New coastal projects to ignore Olive Ridley turtles The expert panel of the environment ministry has recommended green nod to two industrial projects--the development of a multipurpose Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and a Free Trade Warehousing Zone (FTWZ) in Kutch, Gujarat and the mining of heavy min...
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  • Cyclone causes rain in 18 states; floods, landslides reported in North India A cyclonic storm Daye made its landfall in Odisha on September 21. Although the tropical storm had weakened into a deep depression soon after making landfall, the wind pattern has changed triggering rainfall in Punjab, Har...
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  • More than 1000 people dead in three months in India due to heavy rains According to the National Emergency Response Centre, since May 28, 1400 people have died in India from rain and flood-related incidents. With the highest number of fatalities, Kerala floods accounted for 488 deaths due to drowni...
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  • Hello, I am going to buy a water purifier, and to choose the type, I would like to know the quality of water in our area. We are staying in Santosh our, Kolkata. Pin Code-700075
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  • The gradual change in temperature and rainfall patterns in Darjeeling hills is beginning to affect the production of the famous Darjeeling tea. The maximum temperature in Kurseong has risen by 0.51 degree over the last 20 years while the total annual rainfall dropped by 56 mm and the relative humid...
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  • Hello, We have an query regarding recommendation of a compression pump / submersible pump for use in our native place, Midnapore District, West Bengal. We have shallow / borewell installed which is currently working via hand pump. The borewell is 600 feet deep, with 70 - 80ft having 4in pipe and re...
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  • Bellandur lake catches fire again A huge fire broke out in the highly polluted Bellandur lake last week, causing worry to Bengaluru residents. A strong contingent of 5,000 army jawans doused the fire in the lake. Soon after the incident, the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board blamed the defenc...
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  • Pitidri is a nondescript village that dots the rainshadow area of Purulia district in West Bengal. Droughts are common here even when the area is endowed with above average rainfall of over 1300 mm a year. Until some time ago, Urmila Mahato, a 42-year-old farmer from Pitidri had been struggling to e...
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  • Green nod to Inland waterway terminal at Haldia Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ) clearance has been granted to the proposed inland waterways terminal at Haldia, West Bengal. The clearance, however, is subject to specific conditions regarding protection of Gangetic dolphins and marine biodiversity. The...
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  • States freeze payments to MGNREGA workers As per the official data, 19 states have frozen payments under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). The NREGA Sangharsh Morcha, a network of grassroots organisations, has informed that over 92 million active workers may not ...
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  • Bihar floods: Fear of epidemic looms large The recent flood in the state have taken 200 lives and affected nearly 1.5 crore people across 18 Bihar districts. Although the flood water has started receding, the fear of an epidemic has increased. To tackle the situation, medical facilities are being p...
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  • After becoming a human entity, Ganga river receives first legal notice The Uttarakhand high court has issued the first legal notice to the Ganga river, which was accorded human status recently. The court has sought a response from the river for allowing construction of a trenching ground in its lan...
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  • The mangrove forests of the Sundarbans are the biggest barriers against cyclones from the Bay of Bengal, saving both India and Bangladesh from irreparable damage. A UNESCO world heritage site consisting of Ramsar bird conservation area and three wildlife sanctuaries, the Sundarbans will soon see a 1...
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  • Can forest conservation policies that ignore the livelihood needs of local, indigenous populations succeed in protecting biodiversity and wildlife? Experiences from the Sundarbans show that such policies not only result in the suffering of the local population, it also leads to the exploitation of ...
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Study shows a rapid decline in usable groundwater between 2005 and 2013 leading to the risk of severe food crisis and drinking water scarcity for millions of people.

India is the largest user of groundwater in the world. It uses an estimated 230 km3 of groundwater per year, which is over a quarter of the global total. About 85 percent of rural drinking water needs, 65 percent of irrigation needs and 50 percent of urban drinking water and industrial needs are fulfilled with groundwater.

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Better governance and equitable as well as sustainable use of water resources are essential to solving the deepening water crisis in Darjeeling.

"Darjeeling today has a thriving water business, with a fleet of 105 trucks plying three or four trips a day from April to June, carrying 5500 to 6500 litres of water on each run"

Source: Lama and Rai (2016)  'Chokho Pani: An Interface Between Regional And Environment In Darjeeling'. Himalaya, The Journal Of The Association For Nepal And Himalayan Studies, 36(2), 90-98

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Kerala government failed to use dams for flood control: Amicus curiae informs high court

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The PVC Pipes in our apartment’s deep tubewell got stuck up as the submersible pump got burnt, as a result we are unable to pull out the clogged pipes and reuse the deep tubewell. Mechanics have tried with detergents and caustic soda but failed. Even chain pully was of no help. Please suggest a viable remedy.

Kanak Kumar Das
Kolkata-700040

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Gujarat seeks financial aid of Rs 1,725 crore from the Centre for drought relief works 

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River Ganga’s uninterrupted flow is as important as making the river pollution free if the Ganga rejuvenation drive has to show desired results.

Until a few decades ago, the Ganga flowed with gay abandon and descended with rapidity into the plains. Today the waters have withdrawn from its banks and downstream of the hydropower and irrigation projects that have hindered its flow, the Ganga is totally dry.

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New coastal projects to ignore Olive Ridley turtles

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Cyclone causes rain in 18 states; floods, landslides reported in North India

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More than 1000 people dead in three months in India due to heavy rains

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Hello,

I am going to buy a water purifier, and to choose the type, I would like to know the quality of water in our area.

We are staying in Santosh our, Kolkata. Pin Code-700075

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