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  • Norms relaxed to allow thermal power plants to use more water The environment ministry has allowed thermal power plants to use up to three cubic metres of water per megawatt-hour as against the earlier cap of 2.5 cubic metres per megawatt-hour. The new rule will allow the thermal power plants to co...
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  • Study says 40 percent of NCR's water bodies lost to urbanisation in 42 years As per a study conducted by IIT Delhi, nearly 40 percent of water bodies in the national capital region (NCR) has disappeared between 1972 and 2014 due to rapid urbanisation. The study also revealed that due...
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  • NGT raps authorities for Yamuna cleanup in Delhi  The National Green Tribunal has rapped both the Delhi government and the Delhi Jal Board for delaying compliance with orders on the Yamuna cleaning project. It has also sought show cause from authorities for why contempt proceedings should not ...
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  • Niti Aayog proposes 300-metre high dam in Arunachal Pradesh Niti Aayog has proposed the biggest ever hydropower project in the country in Arunachal Pradesh. The project, proposed on Siang river, Brahmaputra's main tributary, is estimated to be a 300-metre-high dam with power generation capacity of ...
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  • New guidelines proposed by the Centre on groundwater usage by industries The water ministry has proposed new guidelines for groundwater use according to which industries, mining and infrastructure dewatering projects—whether existing or new— will need to obtain a no-objection certific...
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  • Alien fish spotted in Telangana waters after Krishna-Godavari interlinking Following the interlinking of the Krishna and the Godavari rivers, the devilfish or sucker catfish, which has so far been alien to Telangana waters, has made its way into the Musi river from the Krishna river. The fish ...
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  • Committee formed for the management of water resources in the Northeast Under the chairmanship of the vice chairman of Niti Aayog, the Centre has constituted a high-level committee for the proper management of water resources in the northeastern region. The committee has been set up for the re...
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  • Maharashtra farmers die from inhaling toxic pesticides Nearly 18 farmers have died and 600 hospitalised in Yavatmal district and surrounding areas of Maharashtra after inhaling toxic insecticide fumes sprayed in farmlands. Following the incident, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has ordered a ...
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  • Non-biodegradable waste clogs Yamuna river after festival immersions Despite strict orders from the National Green Tribunal in September, idol immersion continued in the Yamuna river across the capital after Durgashtami, choking the river once again with tonnes of toxic and non-biodegradable waste....
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  • Centre notifies new wetland rules  Replacing the 2010 version of the wetland rules, the environment ministry has notified the new Wetland (Conservation and Management) Rules 2017. As per the new rules, a range of activities on wetlands like the conversion of wetland for non-wetland uses, setti...
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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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Out of 41 study points, the Ganga clean only at the Haridwar barrage location: CPCB

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Industries to pay water conservation fee for extraction of groundwater 

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