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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)
Dams spell doom for freshwater fish
A global study finds that freshwater fish suffer more due to fragmentation and loss of connectivity of rivers due to building of dams. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 9 months 4 weeks ago

Dams threaten freshwater biodiversity

Dams can threaten biodiversity (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Railway stations to be categorised based on wastewater generation
Policy matters this week Swati Bansal posted 10 months ago

Railway stations to be classified based on wastewater generation

A wastewater treatment plant in Bengaluru (Image source: Vishwanath Srikantaiah)
Northeast fights Covid-19
While Northeast appears to be better off than the rest of India in the number of Covid cases, how are migrants from the North East coping? Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 10 months 1 week ago

While Covid-19 has left many countries including India in the line of fire, the situation in India is now getting particularly alarming with the number of people infected by Covid-19 rising at a rapid pace.

Ration distribution to the migrants (Image Source: Sunbird Trust)
5-star rating for garbage free-cities to Navi Mumbai, Rajkot, Indore
Policy matters this week Swati Bansal posted 10 months 3 weeks ago

Swachh Survekshan for urban India: Navi Mumbai, Rajkot, Indore among the top

Clean road near Pardesipura, Indore. (Source: India Water Portal)
MGNREGA gets additional Rs. 40,000 crore funds
Policy matters this week Swati Bansal posted 10 months 4 weeks ago

Additional Rs 40,000 crore allocated to MGNREGA

Rural employment scheme gets Rs 40,000 crore boost (Image source: IWP Flickr photos))
Covid-19 could push 260 million Indians into poverty: Research
News this week Swati Bansal posted 10 months 4 weeks ago

Nearly 260 million Indian could be pushed to poverty due to Covid-19: Researchers

Covid-19 could push 260 million Indians into poverty (Image Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Relief with dignity to the vulnerable, in the times of Covid
Samerth Charitable Trust is responding to the needs of vulnerable communities from remote locations of Gujarat and Chhattisgarh in these difficult times with empathy and compassion Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

While the COVID-19 pandemic is putting humanity through its most testing times, there are stories of hope, resilience, and unwavering human spirit. We have seen volunteers from the general public, NGOs and other community-based organisations, governments, philanthropies and private entities coming together in unprecedented ways.

Local police support in the distribution of relief kits (Image Source: Samerth Trust)
Providing safe drinking water, in difficult times!
How does Piramal Sarvajal plan to deal with the water crisis in the country? Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 11 months 3 weeks ago

Piramal Sarvajal, seeded by the Piramal Foundation in 2008, is a mission driven social enterprise which designs and deploys innovative solutions for creating affordable access to safe drinking water in underserved areas.

Safe drinking water, in difficult times (Image Source: PIramal Sarvajal)
Out of the frying pan into the fire
The Covid pandemic has worsened the condition of migrant women farmers, who have been left with no food, water, shelter and means of subsistence while cities have come to a standstill. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 year ago

While the Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc worldwide, India continues to be in the line of fire. While cases continue to rise, India also is experiencing a crisis of another kind, that of the lockdown affecting the livelihoods of a huge number of farm migrants working in cities.

Farm women, the worse sufferers of the Covid 19 pandemic (Image Source: Seema Kulkarni)
Under Har Ghar Nal Se Jal, states to open water testing labs
Policy matters this week Swati Bansal posted 1 year 1 month ago

DDWS orders states to open up water testing laboratories to the public

Residents of a village testing their water (Source: Arghyam)