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  • Maharashtra approves cost overrun in irrigation projects, set to complete Gosikhurd project The Maharashtra government has given its approval for the cost overrun of more than Rs 20,000 crore in 133 irrigation projects in the state. These projects, approved during the Congress-NCP regime were worth...
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  • A majority of states fail to stop overexploitation of groundwater The central government has informed the parliamentary committee that most of the states have not complied with the 2013 order of preparing a master plan for artificial recharge of groundwater. Only six states--Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat...
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  • No final approval for Ken-Betwa river link as claimed by Centre Union water minister Uma Bharti has informed through an official press release that the wildlife board has cleared the Ken-Betwa river link and that only the decision on the funding pattern remains now for the project to take off....
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  • Kerala hit by worst drought in 115 years With 61 percent shortfall in rains from the north-west monsoon this year, Kerala has been hit by one of the worst droughts in 115 years. Owing to this water crisis, the Kerala state disaster management authority (KSDMA) is planning to impose a water rationin...
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  • Most of Hyderabad water bodies reduced to cesspools Out of the 25 prominent water bodies in Hyderabad, 23 have failed to meet the water quality standards set by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). With the presence of high levels of faecal coliform, all 23 water bodies fall below ...
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  • NGT seeks MP, Rajasthan's opinion on maintaining e-flow in Chambal river The National Green Tribunal has ordered the Madhya Pradesh and the Rajasthan governments to give their opinion on parting with 10 percent of their water share of the Chambal river for maintaining the river's environmental flow...
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  • Government decides to create a permanent tribunal for all inter-state river disputes The government has decided to constitute a single tribunal for resolving all the inter-state river water disputes while subsuming all the existing ones. Currently, there are eight such tribunals in the country and ...
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  • Six years on, Gujarat fails to form wetland panel Despite having the maximum (22.7 percent) wetland area in the country, the Gujarat government has failed to constitute a steering committee for the conservation of the wetlands. It was in 2011 that the centre had ordered all states to form a state s...
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  • Good news for Sambhar Salt Lake The National Green Tribunal has ordered the Rajasthan government to cancel the allotments of salt pans in Sambhar salt lake that fall within the wetland. Along with this, the state wetland authority has also been directed to review the allotments made so far and subm...
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  • Cyclone Vardah makes landfall in TN, causes massive damage Very severe cyclone has hit the north coastal districts of Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram in Tamil Nadu causing heavy rains in the state. There are reports of two people getting killed in the cyclone. As a precautionary measure, the power...
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  • Conflict between India and Pakistan over Indus Water Treaty continues Following prime minister Narendra Modi’s remark that the waters of Sutlej, Beas and Ravi rivers that rightfully belong to India will be stopped from going waste in Pakistan, the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has ...
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  • Ganga clean-up fails, thanks to multiple authorities and no monitoring The consortium of seven IITs has told the National Green Tribunal that the multiplicity of authorities, lack of assistance from state governments and dearth of monitoring has resulted in the failure of Ganga cleaning p...
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  • Constitute a committee to monitor Ken-Betwa river link, suggests NTCA Fearing a loss of 90 sq km area of Madhya Pradesh's Panna Tiger Reserve, the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has recommended constituting a committee to monitor the construction works related to Ken-Betwa river linki...
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  • Glacial lakes pose flood risk to 441 hydel projects in Himalayan region According to a study conducted by Swiss researchers, 441 hydropower projects across India, Nepal, Pakistan and China are on possible glacier lake outburst floods (GLOF) tracks and nearly one-third of these projects could experi...
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  • Three states will have to pay for water: Punjab House Punjab assembly has passed a resolution against sharing of river waters with other states. It has also decided to notify the land for the SYL canal and has demanded charges for river waters flowing to the three states of Haryana, Rajasthan ...
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  • FIR against man who let vehicles be parked on Mumbai wetlands Following a report on the alleged destruction of mangroves, reclamation and levelling of wetlands to make way for a private parking area for nearly 500 vehicles, a first information report (FIR) has been filed against the landowner of th...
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  • Environment minister calls Delhi pollution 'emergency situation' NGT questioned Delhi government’s initiative to curb air pollution in the capital and slammed the neighbouring Punjab and Haryana governments over the lack of measures taken to control crop burning. Meanwhile, the SC also ...
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  • SC sets aside Punjab's order quashing water-sharing agreement with Haryana In a follow up to the Supreme Court ruling to set aside the Punjab government's order quashing water-sharing agreement with Haryana, all Congress party MLAs and the Punjab congress chief captain Amarinder Singh sent in their...
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  • All 14 districts in Kerala have been declared drought-hitAfter witnessing a 34 percent deficit in rainfall during the south-west monsoon, the Kerala government has declared all its 14 districts drought-hit. The districts are facing severe water scarcity; the worst affected ones are Wayanad, Thrissur...
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  • More fund over the budgetary allocation sought for MGNREGADespite the highest ever budgetary allocation this year to the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA), the scheme is facing a shortage of funds as the demand for work is higher this year due to droughts in s...
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Karnataka budget focuses on big water projects, misses out on sustainability

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Monsoon shows a deficit of five percent in June

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Environment ministry announces new strategy to revive major river water systems

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India among bottom performers in global Environmental Performance Index 

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Conduct intensive survey of western UP rivers: NGT

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Bellandur lake catches fire again

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SC refuses to lift ban on sand mining in Rajasthan 

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Assam prepares river atlas to tackle floods, erosion, deforestation

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Saving the Ennore Creek: Chennai fisherfolk stage Jal Satyagraha

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Government approves Rs 5,369 crore for Jal Vikas Marg Project

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