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  • NGT concerned about overexploited status of Delhi's groundwater Concerned about the overexploited state of the groundwater in the city, the National Green Tribunal has directed the Delhi government, the Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) and the local authorities to come up with a prop...
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  • Bhagalpur canal in Bihar collapses during trial run A day before its inauguration, the Bhagalpur canal, worth Rs 389.31 crore collapsed after being forcefully hit by the water from the Ganga river. The project is a part of the ambitious Gateshwar Panth Canal Project which has been planned to improv...
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  • PM Modi inaugurates the controversial Sardar Sarovar Project On his birthday on September 17, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared the completion of the Sardar Sarovar Project. The gates of the dam have been closed and the reservoir behind the dam is getting filled up to raise water level fro...
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  • A whopping $215 billion is lost to floods each year As per the World Resources Institute’s global flood analyzer, floods in South Asia will cost as much as $215 billion each year by 2030. This year, nearly 1200 people have lost their lives to floods in Bihar, Assam, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Dhaka, Kara...
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  • Centre allocates Maharashtra Rs 60,000 crore to link its rivers Under the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY), the central government has announced Rs 60,000 crore to the Maharashtra government for interlinking its rivers and for irrigation projects in the next two years. It has bee...
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  • Assam bears huge agricultural loss from floods According to the state agriculture minister, the three waves of floods this year have inundated 3.82 lakh hectares of agricultural land and destroyed crops in 2.79 lakh hectares of farmland. Following the loss, the state has prepared a plan to distribu...
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  • Destruction of river and mangroves blamed for Mumbai floods On August 29, Mumbai received 298 mm of rain within a nine-hour period which paralysed the city and caused five deaths. The inability to tackle the flood waters has been attributed to the authorities' failure in improving the city's draina...
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  • Nitin Gadkari takes charge of water resources and Ganga rejuvenation The road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari has taken the additional charge of the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation. The former water minister Uma Bharti has been given the charge of...
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  • Public hearing for Pancheshwar dam continues while ignoring people's concern On August 11, the environment public hearing (EPH) was held at Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand for the Pancheshwar dam, a joint venture between India and Nepal that aims to produce more power than all existing dams in the state...
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  • Despite ban, immersion of Ganpati idols made of PoP continue in Bengaluru lakes According to data released by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, a total of 2,08,585 idols were immersed in Bengaluru lakes this year on the first day of the Ganesh festival. Despite the Karnataka State Pollution C...
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  • Committee rejects UP's plan for a religious hi-tech smart city  To safeguard the Ganga river, the environment ministry panel has rejected Uttar Pradesh government’s proposal to develop the country’s first “religious hi-tech smart city” in Garhmukteshwar. With an aim to inculcate a uniq...
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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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  • Govt says out of 445 river stretches, 275 are polluted The environment ministry has informed that out of the 445 rivers monitored by the Centre, 275 are polluted stretches. With 49 polluted river stretches, Maharashtra has topped the list, followed by Assam and Madhya Pradesh. The ministry, however...
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  • NGT has ordered states to maintain environmental flow of 15-20 percent in rivers All the states have been directed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to maintain a minimum environmental flow of 15 to 20 percent of the average lean season course in their rivers. Moreover, the states have also been...
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  • Environment ministry recommends dropping seven hydel projects in Arunachal Pradesh Based on the result of the cumulative impact assessment and carrying capacity study of the Kameng river basin, the environment ministry has recommended dropping seven hydropower projects with a total capacity of 2,33...
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  • Groundwater rules might get relaxed The Central Ground Water Authority has drafted new guidelines to regulate the use of groundwater. If the draft gets approved, water-guzzling industries such as packaged drinking water and paper manufacturers could be allowed to drill water even in areas...
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  • No compaction of soil on the World Culture Festival site: New panel to NGT As per the new three-member committee formed by the National Green Tribunal, the site, where the World Culture Festival was held on the Yamuna floodplains in Delhi in 2015, has no compaction of soil. The new findings contrad...
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  • Illegal slums on Maharashtra mudflats cause loss to state According to a new study--Effect of water pollution and encroachment on tourism potential of eco sensitive area: Case of Mahul Creek--the state is losing more than Rs 200 crore annually in tourism because of 60,000 slums that have illegally ...
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  • Maharashtra cabinet decides on drip irrigation for sugarcane cultivation  In a bid to save water, the Maharashtra cabinet has decided to make drip irrigation a must for sugarcane cultivation. The state is estimated to save 7,500 to 12,500 cubic metre water per hectare by bringing around 3.05 l...
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  • Out of 4,862 large dams in the country, only 349 have disaster plans in place: CAG report According to a performance audit report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on the flood control and management scheme, out of the 4,862 large dams in the country, only 349 have emergency disaste...
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NGT asks CPCB to monitor industrial waste discharge of states

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Polluted river stretches increases to 351, as against 302 in 2015

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Clean chit to dam management, CWC says congested Vembanad lake worsened floods in Kerala

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No more clearance to activities affecting eco zones in the Western Ghats: NGT

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Maharashtra farmers to need approval to sow water-intensive crops 

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