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Telangana joins a group of states which have ensured tap water supply to schools, anganwadis
Jal Shakti Ministry draws focus towards revival of Ganga wetlands
Extensive evidence of elevated arsenic in the food chain, mainly rice, wheat and vegetables exists.
Groundwater reserves are depleting at rapid rates in India, which is one of the world’s largest consumer of groundwater with it providing 60 percent of the irrigation needs of the country.
Urban and rural areas rely on groundwater for drinking and around 90% of the rural people depend on groundwater for domestic purposes.
According to a 2006 report by the Inter-Agency Task Force, titled ‘Gender, Water and Sanitation’
Traditional groundwater storage structures such as cisterns, stepwells, tanks, and wells in India are well known and had cultural, religious, social, and utilitarian significance in olden times.
Proliferation of hydropower development in the Himalayas is leading to extensive land use changes in the river valleys and threatening the diverse and fragile Himalayan ecosystems leading to deforestation, fragmentation, soil erosion and loss of forest biodiversity. These are a cause for serious concern for local communities, whose lives and livelihoods depend on these forests.
Groundwater levels across India have been falling rapidly, affecting the livelihood and wellbeing of village communities. Top-down approaches to groundwater management have not worked.
Dahanu, an ecologically fragile area about 120 km from Mumbai, in Maharashtra’s Palghar district witnessed massive protests in 2019. Over 59 gram panchayats were opposing the land diversion to high-tech infrastructure projects.