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Excessive sand quarrying to meet the demands of the construction industry is destroying local irrigation systems in Anantapur. Which will prevail - agriculture or construction?

The construction industry went through a boom in the 1990s due to more people demanding and affording houses. This put a lot of pressure on the Pennar area in Andhra Pradesh. Sandmining, which is the process of taking sand, became rampant at that time. This caused changes in the river’s ability to carry water, blocked the water flow, impaired the drainage and almost destroyed the entire river system.

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The Uttarakhand Himalayas are home to several small but significant attempts by locals to conserve the region's forest and water resources.

Throughout history, the Uttarakhand Himalayas have been a source of timber and water to the rest of the nation. However, this has led to severe depletion of resources in the state. Today, the mountain communities find it hard to meet their basic needs of fodder, fuel and water.

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Survey # 205, Kommaghata Road, Bandmath, Bangalore

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July 24, 2013 9:00AM - July 26, 2013 6:00PM
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Smaller dams to fight drought, help for Delhi’s rainwater harvesting programme and a flyover that recharges groundwater are the highlights of this week’s news.

Smaller is better in Maharashtra

The state government plans to create small dams at a cost of Rs 25,000 crore to prevent future droughts. The state feels that many smaller projects such as these are easier to manage than larger-scale ones – both from an efficiency and corruption point of view.

Delhi finally harvests rainwater

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