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February 12, 2021 The havoc points to the faultlines in the developmental planning of ecologically sensitive areas.
The glacial burst in Chamoli is nature’s way of telling the state not to play havoc with the local ecology. (Image: Down to Earth)
December 26, 2019 Policy matters this week
The Mandovi river disputed between Karnataka and Goa (Source: IWP Flickr Photos)
December 6, 2019 A report by the India Rivers Forum highlights the need to focus further than the main stem of the Ganga river.
Distant snow clad mountains, the smaller hills and the Ganga river (Image: Srimoyee Banerjee, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0)
November 27, 2019 Policy matters this week
An irrigation well at Randullabad, Maharashtra (Source: India Water Portal on Flickr)
Green panel clears Central Vista project
Policy matters this fortnight Posted on 12 May, 2021 12:28 PM

Green panel clears Central Vista projects

Rajpath's Central Vista Avenue project (Image: Students of Master in Sustainable Architecture at Central University of Rajasthan, Counterview)
Lessons from the Uttarakhand disaster
Experts blame it on projects in ecologically fragile zone Posted on 21 Mar, 2021 07:10 PM

In the aftermath of the Chamoli disaster of 2021, the spotlight turned to the area’s proliferating development that made it particularly vulnerable to disasters.

Half of government schools and anganwadis devoid of tap water supply: Report
News this week Posted on 17 Mar, 2021 11:01 PM

Tap water supply to government schools and anganwadis in a grim state: Panel report

A Mini-Water Supply (MWS) serves the local school (Source: IWP Flickr album)
Dams and distress in the Himalayas!
Hydropower projects and compensatory afforestation plantations are spelling doom for the fragile Himalayan forest ecosystems. Urgent action is the need of the hour! Posted on 23 Feb, 2021 10:10 PM

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.

100 MW Tidong-I project, Kinnaur HP (Image Source: Manu Moudgil)
Need to revamp developmental planning in the Uttarakhand hills
The havoc points to the faultlines in the developmental planning of ecologically sensitive areas. Posted on 12 Feb, 2021 11:02 AM

The recent catastrophe in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, where a large part of the Nanda Devi Glacier fell into the Alaknanda stream near Joshimath, caused severe flooding.

The glacial burst in Chamoli is nature’s way of telling the state not to play havoc with the local ecology. (Image: Down to Earth)
Illegal sand mining led to 193 deaths in two years, says report
News this week Posted on 02 Dec, 2020 12:00 PM

Illegal sand mining operations lead to 193 deaths in two years

Sand mining on the banks of Tapti (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
NGT orders states to designate nodal agencies for restoring water bodies
Policy matters this week Posted on 02 Dec, 2020 11:40 AM

Designate nodal agencies for restoration of water bodies: NGT to states

Gharisar lake in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
India now has 41 Ramsar sites, with two more wetlands added to the list
Policy matters this week Posted on 19 Nov, 2020 06:21 AM

Two more wetlands added to Ramsar sites

Lonar Sarovar lake Maharastra (Source: Wikipedia Commons)
Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyan a low impact, high expenditure scheme: CAG
Policy matters this week Posted on 23 Sep, 2020 01:29 PM

Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyan had a low impact in making Maharashtra drought free: CAG

Deepening work in progress under the Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyan (Source: Ravindra Pomane)
Environmentalists voice concerns against the draft EIA notification 2020
Policy matters this week Posted on 09 Jul, 2020 11:33 AM

Draft EIA notification 2020 attracts criticism from experts

Work in progress in coal mines in Jharsuguda (Image source: IWP Flickr album)
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