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This document sheds light on the groundwater scenario of India

This document by Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) sheds light on ground water scenario of India for the year 2009-10. The major issues discussed in the document are categorised under three broad sections:

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This paper discusses the findings of a study that assessed the physicochemical water quality parameters of surface water in Gujarat

This paper from the journal Asian Journal of Experimental Sciences presents the findings of a study that attempted to assess the physicochemical parameters of surface water in Gujarat state to explore the suitability of water for drinking and other purposes. Surface water samples were collected from various sampling locations of rivers, canal and lakes of Gujarat. 

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This paper describes the geomorphological analysis of a watershed of the Ravi river basin from Himachal Pradesh

Ravi basinThis paper published in the journal International Journal of Remote Sensing and GIS presents the findings of a study that attempted to study the quantitative geomorphological analysis of a watershed of Ravi river basin in Himachal Pradesh, India.

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This paper explores the best methods that can be used for determining successful institutional reforms for Water Use Efficiency (WUE) in agriculture

Water Use EfficiencyThis working paper by the Council on Energy, Environment and Water aims at exploring the best methods that can be used for determining successful institutional reforms for Water Use E

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This article describes a traditional water harvesting system, the Ahar Pyne system still practised in south plains of Bihar

This paper published in the Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge provides a brief overview of the the Ahar-Pyne system, a traditional water harvesting system still practised in the south Bihar plains of India and argues that these traditional water harvesting systems that have existed in India since a very long time are relevant or perhaps even more relevant in today's times and tha

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This paper describes the impacts of environmental degradation on soil quality and health in the North East of India

The paper published in the journal Applied and Environmental Soil Science discusses the need for a viable option for ecorestoration and maintenance of soil resources to sustain long-term soil productivity and improve food security for the region.

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This article criticises the Government of India’s proposal of addressing the twin problems of floods and water scarcity in the country by interlinking rivers

This article by Jayanta Bandyopadhyay in the Economic and Political Weekly deals with the Government of India’s proposal for addressing the twin problems of floods and water scarcity by interlinking rivers. The author is of the view that the proposal is based on an outdated and dangerous idea of surplus river basins from which water can be drawn at will.

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This article questions the logic behind the implementing of the river interlinking project by using dams, embankments and canals, which have failed in Bihar to control floods

This article by Dinesh Kumar Mishra, Convenor of the Barh Mukti Abhiyan (movement for freedom from floods), Bihar in the Economic and Political Weekly states that the idea of a national interlinking of rivers needs to base itself on the past six decades’ experience of river and flood control measures.

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Gary R Watmough’s PhD explored the spatial associations between socioeconomic variables like female literacy and employment in the non-agricultural sector derived from a subset of the 2001 Indian National Census and environmental metrics. The study was based on freely available remotely sensed satellite sensor data - Landsat Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+) in Assam.

Past studies have found associations between land and poverty, however these studies are usually focused on small areas using ground based studies. This research explored and quantified associations between socioeconomic conditions derived from national census data and environmental metrics derived from remotely sensed imagery from Earth observation satellites on an extensive spatial scale, covering over 14000 villages in Assam in north-east India. 

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The Supreme Court judgement of 27 February 2012 directed the executive government to implement the river inter-linking project through a special committee which will take precedence over all other administrative bodies. In this article, first published in the Economic and Political Weekly, Ramaswamy Iyer explains why this backing of a 'potentially disastrous' project is disturbing. The article then calls for a reconsideration of this judgement.

 

1. Introduction
Two writ petitions were filed in 2002 on the subject of interlinking. The judgement finally passed in 2012 directs the implementation of this project. This judgement is disturbing for the following reasons:

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