West Bengal

Water levels in major reservoirs rise to 85 percent of overall capacity: CWC
News this week Posted on 24 Sep, 2019 10:31 PM

Reservoir levels increase to 85 percent of overall capacity this year

Narmada river in Madhya Pradesh (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
After 40 years, Hilsa migrates to Allahabad again
News this week Posted on 13 Feb, 2019 01:29 PM

Navigation lock at Farakka Barrage redesigned for Hilsa migration

Farakka Barrage by Sudip Burman via Google Maps, Feb 2012
Locks down, barrage scares Durgapur
Ruined lock gates of Durgapur barrage call for immediate attention and repair to avert another water leak. Posted on 18 Apr, 2018 11:41 AM

The industrial township of Durgapur, situated 150 km from Kolkata, faced a severe water crisis for two days in November last year when the Durgapur barrage became dry following a leak at one of the lock gates of the barrage.

Durgapur barrage. (Pic courtesy: Gurvinder Singh)
They said it!
During a dismal year that spelt doom for the conservation of the country’s natural resources, some politicians made headlines with their bizarre ideas and statements. Here’s a roundup. Posted on 01 Feb, 2017 10:00 AM

The year 2016 was an abysmal year in terms of environmental policy and conservation in India.

Ken river that flows through Panna Tiger Reserve. (Source: K Gagan, Wikimedia Commons)
Poor dam management behind Bihar flood
News this week Posted on 29 Aug, 2016 12:17 PM

Farakka behind Bihar flood: CM

Farakka Barrage by Sudip Burman via Google Maps, Feb 2012
Farakka faces a barrage of criticism
The Farakka barrage is an ageing symbol of our need to control rivers and our inability to do so. Can we do away with it? Posted on 27 Aug, 2016 08:25 AM

The chief minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar, called for the decommissioning of the Farakka barrage recently.

The lower Ganga, just upstream of Farakka, displays bank-cutting and erosion.
UP unable to protect Yamuna, Taj Mahal: NGT
Policy matters this week Posted on 08 Aug, 2016 11:37 PM

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

Yamuna river near the Taj Mahal. (Source: Ekabhishek via Wikipedia)
Sutlej-Yamuna Link canal creates rift between Punjab-Haryana
News this week Posted on 15 Mar, 2016 12:10 PM

Punjab-Haryana at crossroads over the controversial Sutlej-Yamuna canal

Sutlej river in Punjab (Source: Harpreet Riat via Wikipedia)
Choppy waters and a calm river voyager
Emmanuel Theophilus was awarded the ' Bhagirath Prayas Samman' at the India Rivers Day 2015 for his valiant and untiring effort to safeguard the integrity of the Mahakali River. Posted on 06 Dec, 2015 12:31 PM

The epic voyage--Nadisutra--along the Ganga may have been the high point of Emmanuel Theophilus’s recent work, but there have been many more peaks and valleys for this fervent mountaineer cum ecologist. Theo lives in a remote village near Munsiyari in Uttarakhand.

Theophilus being awarded the ' Bhagirath Prayas Samman' (Source: Kush Sethi)
Half of India's groundwater contains poisonous substances: CGWB
News this week Posted on 12 May, 2015 11:59 AM

Dismal state of groundwater in the country

A hand pump in New Delhi