Lakes, Ponds and Wetlands

  • Shimla reels under severe water crunch With potable water being supplied only once a week to most localities, Shimla is now faced with a severe water supply crisis. As against a normal demand of 42 - 45 million litres per day (MLD), the availability ranges between 23 and 25 MLD. Channels that suppl...
    seetha@indiawat...posted 11 months 3 weeks agoread more
  • SC approves Centre’s draft scheme for sharing Cauvery river water among riparian states The Supreme Court has approved the Centre’s draft Cauvery Management Scheme for distribution of water among four riparian states. The apex court has asked the union government to notify the scheme before the...
    seetha@indiawat...posted 12 months 18 hours agoread more
  • Swachh Survekshan 2018: Indore, Bhopal and Chandigarh emerge as India's top three clean cities Indore emerged as India’s cleanest city in the latest edition of the Swachh Survekshan carried out by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs as part of the Swachh Bharat Mission. Bhopal and Chandigar...
    seetha@indiawat...posted 12 months 18 hours agoread more
  • Srinagar's prime tourist attraction, Dal Lake, is no more the scenic beauty it used to be. It's turning into an eyesore, thanks to sewage discharge and weed growth. A paper titled Water Quality assessments of Dal Lake, Jammu & Kashmir published in the International Journal of Scientific And Engi...
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  • Ahead of monsoon, workers made to clean stormwater drains filled with sewage in Hyderabad Despite the ban on manual scavenging, sanitation workers are made to clean sewage-filled stormwater drains across Hyderabad as part of the city’s monsoon preparedness drive. Workers enter stormwater drains s...
    seetha@indiawat...posted 1 year 2 days agoread more
  • Entering its second year, the Graduate Program of Water Science and Policy 2018 at Shiv Nadar University envisages a multi-disciplinary classroom, engagement and content delivered by some of the best minds globally – experts on water who have worked on ground realities, made policies and initiated...
    priyadposted 1 year 1 week agoread more
  • Entire stretch of the Ganga to be mapped using GIS technology  The Survey of India will soon embark on a massive exercise to map the entire stretch of the Ganga using Geographic Information System (GIS) technology. The resultant high-resolution maps will help authorities monitor activities aro...
    seetha@indiawat...posted 1 year 1 week agoread more
  • Delhi government opposes in-principle approval for two landfill sites on Yamuna floodplains  The Delhi government has approached the National Green Tribunal regarding the in-principle approval given by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) for alternate landfill sites at Sonia Vihar and Ghonda...
    seetha@indiawat...posted 1 year 1 week agoread more
  • Gopal Nishad, a fisherman in his early 40s, is frustrated that there is hardly any fish left in the Mahanadi’s basin at Pitaibandh due to the lack of water in the basin. This basin is located near Rajim-Nawapara in Chhattisgarh, the proposed site for the fourth anicut on the Mahanadi. He reminisce...
    makarandpurohitposted 1 year 3 weeks agoread more
  • Environmentalists fear new CRZ rules will favour infrastructure over coastal ecosystems Activists and environmentalists are of the opinion that the draft revised Coastal Zone Regulation Notification favour infrastructure over coastal ecosystems and livelihoods. The reduction of the definition of co...
    seetha@indiawat...posted 1 year 3 weeks agoread more
  • Environment ministry issues draft Coastal Zone Regulation notification The union environment ministry has issued the draft Coastal Zone Regulation Notification which seeks to open up India’s coastlines for eco-tourism and infrastructure development. The revised notification allows nature tra...
    seetha@indiawat...posted 1 year 3 weeks agoread more
  • Lokesh Verma, a farmer from Nainital’s Chanfi village, says this is the third year in a row that he is bearing losses in agriculture. “I have lost around Rs 2 lakh and there’s a debt of Rs 70,000 to pay off. I grow strawberries, guavas and peas in my 15 bighas of land, but there is not enough ...
    arathiposted 1 year 3 weeks agoread more
  • A radical new method is fast emerging as an effective and sustainable solution to increasing pollution in urban lakes. Called floating treatment wetlands (FTW), they are artificial islands with plants that stay afloat on the lake. The plants clean the lake through hydroponics system, resulting in a ...
    arathiposted 1 year 1 month agoread more
  • National Green Tribunal forms commission to inspect Bengaluru lakes Unhappy with the Karnataka government’s reply regarding the revival of the Bellandur, Varthur and Agara lakes, the National Green Tribunal set up a commission comprising officials and experts to inspect Bengaluru’s polluted lak...
    seetha@indiawat...posted 1 year 1 month agoread more
  • Korba in Chhattisgarh is an industrial area which has a significant number of coal mines and thermal power plants. Fly ash is a byproduct of the thermal power plants and has become a significant problem for the residents of Korba now. More than one lakh metric tonnes of fly ash is generated annually...
    makarandpurohitposted 1 year 1 month agoread more
  • East Kolkata Wetlands found to lock down over 60 percent carbon from the wastewater it receives One of the largest and more important natural treatment systems for solid and liquid waste, the East Kolkata Wetlands (EKW) is found to lock down over 60 percent of the carbon from incoming sewage, which...
    seetha@indiawat...posted 1 year 1 month agoread more
  • Apex court seeks draft on Cauvery management scheme by May 3 The apex court has reprimanded the Centre for failing to implement its verdict on the Cauvery water sharing dispute and for missing the deadline to file a draft of the Cauvery management scheme. The court has asked the Centre to submit a ...
    seetha@indiawat...posted 1 year 1 month agoread more
  • A recent BBC report projected that Bengaluru will run out of water soon. Yes, it was a superficial list of cities that already have water problem. It just pronounced the harsh verdict without any in-depth analysis of the factors involved. That’s like taking a casual look at an emaciated man and s...
    priyadposted 1 year 1 month agoread more
  • Tamil Nadu seeks contempt action against the Centre for not constituting the Cauvery Management Board With the Centre failing to constitute the Cauvery Management Board within the time frame stipulated by the Supreme Court order, Tamil Nadu government has approached the apex court seeking contempt ...
    seetha@indiawat...posted 1 year 1 month agoread more
  • India seeks to bring water from Nepal's Sharda river to supplement Yamuna near Delhi As part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious river interlinking plan, the union government has approached Nepal for transferring excess water from River Sharda, also called the Mahalaki, to the Yamuna near...
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Wildlife Board clears Lower Demwe hydel project despite flaws in report

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World is losing the wetlands at a rate of 0.78 percent a year: Ramsar Convention

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October 4, 2018 10:00AM - November 6, 2018 4:00PM

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The reason behind Kerala floods is a lot more than what the CWC wants us to believe.

Every time there is a huge flood in India with massive loss of lives and extensive physical damage, there is a hue and cry. Especially, if this takes place in an area not normally prone to such floods. Assam and Bihar, for instance, are regularly laid waste by floods and so, there is not much agitation over that anymore.

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Additional funds of over Rs 1,300 crore allocated to dam safety project

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While crores of rupees have been allocated for cleaning up Ganga, the river continues to flow filthy.

As the Ganga emerges from the glaciers and glides along the foothills of the mighty Himalayas through the towns and cities with their sprawling ghats, engineered embankments, hydroelectric dams, and interrupted flows at barrages, the icy chilliness of its waters is lost. Pilgrims swarm its bank to pay obeisance to the holy river but the river continues to be treated as a dump yard for human waste, dirt and rubbish.

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

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Frequent disasters the Kashmir Valley witnesses are both man-made and natural. What’s the solution?

Witnessing a multitude of disasters from destructive floods to catastrophic earthquakes, the vulnerabilities arising out of natural disasters are ever increasing in Jammu and Kashmir. Intensified cloudbursts, frequent flash floods, recurring landslides and avalanches pose a serious threat not only to the state’s sustainable development but human survival as well. 

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As Kerala comes to grips with the worst floods in its recent history, here’s a look at what led to the calamity and what can be done to avoid it in the future.

When the five overflow gates of the Cheruthoni dam, a part of the Idukki reservoir comprising Cheruthoni, Kulamavu and Idukki arch dam were opened one by one on August 9, 2018, a torrent of water and mud gushed out. Heavy, unceasing rains had led to the dam reaching close to its maximum capacity, forcing the dam authorities to open all its gates.

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When the environmental pollution caused by the footwear industry in a growing Haryana village goes unchecked, villagers gather to demand their rights.

As per the regional plan 2021 chalked out by the national capital regional planning board in 2005, Bahadurgarh, a small town in Haryana is a part of the Delhi metropolitan area. The town, located in Jhajjar district, is growing at a fast pace. It has, in the last few decades, seen development of industries, especially sanitaryware, galvanised steel pipes and footwear by the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC).

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