Rural Water

  • Mile after mile of saline lands line the Delhi-Rohtak-Bhiwani stretch of the highway. Here, the land wasn't always saline, it became that way thanks to canal irrigation. Farmers have used extensive surface water, which has led to an increase in groundwater levels. This leads to the twin problem of w...
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  • The Water and energy nexusA report released by the United Nations in Tokyo this World Water Day says places where people do not have adequate access to water largely coincide with those where people have no electric powerNGT demands report on fluorosis in Maharashtra12 districts in the state are aff...
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  • Bombay HC orders ban on wetland reclamationThe Court ordered the ban in the whole of Maharashtra in response to a petition filed by NGO Vanshakti for saving wetlands and for setting up wetlands authority to monitor violations. The Court also directed the authorities to submit an 'action-taken report...
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  • As a run up to World Water Day 2014, India Water Portal conducted a Grassroots Comics workshop with Field Facilitators, Barefoot Engineers and other field workers of the Dhara Vikas Programme. The Programme is an initiative of the Government of Sikkim through its Rural Management and Development Dep...
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  • National Highway 10 passes through Badophal, a village in Fatehabad district of Haryana. The highway is lined by a tiny market and a point where several jeeps start and terminate. These jeeps are headed to Gorakhpur village, some 15 kms away via Kajal Heri, another village en route. Hordes of resear...
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  • Spur in farmer suicides after untimely rain in Maharashtra18 farmers end their lives in less than a month after unseasonal rain and hailstorm destroyed their crops. Social activists claim the figure could be anywhere above 80, more than the average for every two monthsPlatform made with waste pollut...
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  • Need to find source of uranium contamination in Punjab: Experts Doctors in Patiala say Centre should support the state government to find out how uranium is constantly contaminating water in the state, especially in the Malwa belt. Excessive use of pesticides over the years is said to be a poss...
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  • India to get its first solar-powered toilet The waterless toilet converts human waste into charcoal that can be used as fertilizer in farming or as a fuel, say researchers at the University of Colorado who developed the toilet.Grams in Tripura not 'Nirmal'None of the 108 villages in Tripura declared...
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  • Dr. Himanshu Kulkarni is the Executive Director of the Advanced Center for Water Resources Development and Management (ACWADAM), a non-profit organisation in Pune. It is a premier education and research institution, which facilitates work on groundwater management through action research programmes ...
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  • Mewat, a historical region comprising of the present Mewat district of Haryana and parts of Alwar, Bharatpur and Dholpur districts of Rajasthan, lies in a semi-arid belt. It experiences variable rainfall annually and receives, on average, 336 mm to 540 mm, as per the Mewat Development Agency.Gr...
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  • No Govt in Delhi means no water for DwarkaThe locality has to source its water from Gurgaon now, as even the number of water tankers that used to meet its demand till now, have reduced. The Delhi Development Authority says nothing can happen unless neighbouring Haryana releases water from the Munak ...
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  • Hailstorm destroys crop in MaharashtraUnexpected rain and hailstorm severely impacts crops like wheat, grapes, papaya, cotton, onion and Jowar spread over 12 lakh hectares and kills thousands of livestock, animals and birds even as the State still does not have a plan for climate change.Govt yet to ...
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  • 24*7 water relief for BelgaumThe 24*7 water supply by the Karnataka Urban Water and Sanitation Improvement Programme in collaboration with a private company to about 10% the population in the city has been able to curb water-borne diseases due to high pressure in pipelinesArsenicosis widespread but ...
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  • Tamilnadu has a rich tradition of tank management at the village level. Every village had one or more irrigation tanks, locally known as ‘kanmais’ or ‘eris’, and a drinking water tank called ‘ooranis’. This system worked for centuries with the support of residents and the local administr...
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  •  7 Goa hotels sealedThe State Pollution Control Board ordered the sealing of the hotels for malfunctioning sewage treatment plants, overflowing soak pits or no consent to operate certificate from the BoardAssam objects to hydel project in upstream ArunachalThe 1750 MW Demwe project on the Lohit...
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  • Dams sold but tribal issues remain unaddressedJaypee group is yet to pay a due of Rs 82 crore under local area development fund against Kinnaur's Karcham Wangtoo dam. Other dues under pollution norms, damage due to tunneling and forest rights also remain pendingTelangana chief promises drought free ...
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  • Our day-to-day dependence on fresh water is tremendous, whether for domestic or agricultural use. Theoretically, we know that it is a finite resource and that it can't be taken for granted but in practice, we do. India has an average rainfall of around 1150 mm but lets out nearly 1263 billion cubic ...
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  • Himachal irked at dam saleExpressing shock over Jaypee group's sale of the Karcham Wangtoo and Baspa hydropower projects to an Abu Dhabi firm, the state chief minister Virbhadra Singh said the company cannot sell its projects without the government's consent as it has signed an MoU with the stateKer...
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  • El Nino might affect 2014 monsoonThe weather phenomenon that disturbs cloud formation could bring down India's economic growth from the current 6% to 5.2% in the next financial year, says a study by the credit Rating Information Services of India LimitedCentre accepts Kerala's demands on Western Gha...
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  • PM terms Teesta pact with B'desh 'difficult'India and Bangladesh share 54 rivers. Tension on water sharing continues despite a Joint River Commission seeking solutions since 1972UP CM inaugurates controversial dam project in U'khandThe 330 Megawatt Shrinagar dam will supply only 12% power to the hos...
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There is a new technology available now to reuse domestic and industrial refuse. This could just be the solution to India’s increasing water problem.

The demand, supply, availability and access of water resources do not always match. Going by the UN estimates, by the year 2022, India is expected to surpass China's population to become the most populous country in the world. As the population increases, the demand for freshwater goes up; with increased usage, the quantum of waste produced increases as well. Changes in land-use patterns, climatic variabilities and diminished efficiency to use resources only strain the available reserves further.

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Villagers of Jadugoda say radiation from uranium mines is impairing their children. It’s high time the government took measures against it so a generation is not left crippled.

The body of Guria Das looked like that of a three-year-old when she passed away at the age of 13. Guria was born in 1999 with a condition that constrained her growth. Her father, Chhatua Das recounts how Guria, unable to speak or move, communicated with him and his wife through gestures; a language that only the three of them could comprehend. Born in Jadugoda, in Purbi Singhbhum district in Jharkhand, Guria was one of the many children who succumbed to the health complications from excessive radiation from the uranium mines.

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Caught between Malguzaars and the state government, the Malguzari tanks were left to die many years ago. A lone man spearheaded their revival in 2008.

Malguzari tanks were ponds made for water harvesting by the Malguzaars, who were zamindars or tenants in eastern Vidarbha, Maharashtra two centuries ago.These tanks provided water for irrigation and also increased the availability of fish for local consumption.

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An NGO’s effort to recharge the groundwater in an area finds little success with water-guzzling crops that rule the market.

Water crisis is a reality in most of India. After the summer of droughts come the monsoon floods. Take Maharashtra, for instance. If at one time it is desperately searching for drinking water, at another time, its capital, Mumbai is wading through knee-high water. How do we overcome these annual crises? Unfortunately, the answers are not so easy to find. 

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How paddy grew in popularity in Punjab and continues to steal the show, thanks to lack of alternatives for farmers.

Take the roads of Punjab during the monsoon and you will find most fields turned into pools of water. It’s mainly the water pulled out from the underground vault to support the kharif crop of paddy. Neither a native plant nor suited to the agro-climatic region, paddy has pushed out maize and cotton, which were common in the pre-green revolution era. From 2,27,000 hectares in 1960, the area under paddy rose to 26,12000 hectares by the year 2000. A growth rate of 1,050 percent!

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Despite the pitiable state of a polluted Kharun, the government is keen on developing the riverfront to attract tourists.

At sunrise, everything is luminous but not clear. 

― Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It and Other Stories

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Floods grip many parts of the country

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Pipara village in the parched Bundelkhand region stands out for its uninterrupted water supply. The village has their women to thank for it.

The cracks on the parched land of Bundelkhand are waiting for the monsoon to quench the thirst of its arid landscape. Despite the wide-spread drought here, Pipara, one of the villages in the region, stands apart as the only one that has not run completely dry. 

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Rural India walks too far to quench their thirst

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Environment ministry releases the draft of India’s new National Forest Policy

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