Rural Water

  • Kerala seas's rich in sand, says GSI The Geological Survey of India (GSI) has revealed that Kerala's offshore areas have 2,030 million tonnes of sand that can cater to the needs of the construction industry in the state for about 50 years. Ponnani, Chavakkad, Alappuzha, Kollam North, and Kolla...
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  • MoEF accepts Kerala's recommendations on Western Ghats The Environment Ministry has approved the Kerala government's recommendation to keep agricultural land, plantations and habitations out of the ecologically sensitive areas in the Western Ghats. The state had appointed an expert commit...
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  • India's largest pvt hydel project soldIn a deal involving Rs 10,500 crores, Jaypee sells two hydel projects in Himachal Pradesh to an Abu Dhabi firm. The 1000 mega watt Karcham Wangtoo one of themRajasthan complains against contaminated water in SatlujThe Indira Gandhi canal from the Satluj, that pr...
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  • MYRADA has been working on watershed development projects since 1984-85. Through its efforts it had developed a climate of trust and confidence at the field level. Peoples' institutions have emerged and stabilised at various degrees of successes because of these efforts.  This book analyses th...
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  • This paper attempts to analyse the impact of several government guidelines related to watershed management on the People's institutions that have emerged in watershed programmes where NGOs have a role.  This paper is a revised edition of a keynote for a Workshop organised by the India Canada E...
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  • Nidhan is about 30 km away from its district headquarter Morena, Madhya Pradesh. The village receives an annual average rainfall of 450 mm concentrated in the months of July and August. While much of the village depends on rainfed agriculture, the main source of irrigation in the rabi (winter) seaso...
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  • Charkhari, a princely state of India in the colonial period was once a beautiful settlement founded by Saurabh Singh Bundela, a Rajput King. Acceded to India post-Independence, the town is now located in Mahoba, Uttar Pradesh. The place was home to intricate water management systems in the past. Acc...
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  • 764 industries behind Ganga pollutionIn a survey conducted between 2011 and 2013, the Central Pollution Control Board identified the polluting industries in five states on the main stem of the river and its tributariesIneffective chlorination behind railway stations' contaminated waterAbout seven la...
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  • Water across Northern Railways highly contaminated, says reportThe Indian Railways' report has observed that the tap water across the Northern Railways is highly polluted, putting over 50 lakh passengers at risk. All the samples taken from the Lucknow division were contaminated with coliform bacteri...
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  • India's first river interlinking project inuaguratedBJP leader LK Advani inuagurated the first phase of the Narmada-Kshipra river interlinking project in Ujjaini village near Indore. The 432 crore project will lift water from the Narmada with pumps upto a height of 350 metres from a distance of 50 k...
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  • Drinking water at railway stations highly contaminated: Report50 lakh passengers using Northern Railways drink extremely polluted water. Of the samples tested for coliform bacteria, all in the Lucknow division were found contaminated while 59% were found contaminated in the Moradabad division and 94...
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  • Metal plant contaminates groundwater in KollamGroundwater has turned acidic and agricultural fields gone waste within 500 metres radius of Kerala Minerals and Metal Limited in Chittoor village, affecting 300 familes. Tankers supply water only once a weekMaha Irrigation Scam report readyA Committee h...
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  • Manipur villagers spend Rs 400 per month on drinking water79% people living in villages of the four valley districts in Manipur use raw water from ponds, rivers and canals, says the Village Development Profile published by the Manipur State Panchayat ParishadPollution plagues holy wells of Rameshwar...
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  • Siang Basin dams' study inadequate: NGOSouth Asia Network for Dams, Rivers and People says the cumulative study conducted by the Central Water Commission does not mention social and cultural impacts of the 44 proposed projects on the river in Arunachal PradeshThanks to high pollution, Agra's water s...
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  • Uninformed construction on the Indian side floods NepalConstruction of embankments and dykes along Kaliganga river in Uttarakhand results in floods in Nepal's Dharchula district downstream.Slow economy reduced water uptake by Pune industriesOf the 31.19 million litres per day ear...
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  • A new law GangaPMO asks the Environment Ministry to frame the law that will give authorities the power to monitor and regulate the dischare of wastewater, industrial effluents and management of municipal solid waste through the imposition of penalties and damages.Eco-friendly development for&nb...
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  • It is an astonishing thing to see the five rivers of Alwar in Rajasthan flowing for more than 6-8 months in a year. This is no miracle though. It is the result of a decade-long effort by Jal Jungle Andolan lead by Dr. Rajendra Singh.  Traditional rainwater harvesting structues called Johads th...
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  • PMO approves law to protect Ganga river The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has ordered the Environment Ministry to frame a draft legislation to protect and ensure continuous flow to the Ganga. The PMO has also directed the Ministry to constitute an inter-ministerial panel which will be headed by the...
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  • Maharashtra village reclaim rights on submerged forestKorku tribals in Amravathi district lost their agricultural and forest land to a dam in 2005-06; reclaim fishing and management rights over part of the reservoir under Forest Rights Act'Rajasthan getting only 1% of its share in Yamuna water'Chief...
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  • Sikkim only state in the country with 100% sanitationAll 6,10,577 rural and urban families in Sikkim have latrines with high sanitation and hygiene standard. It's mandatory for gram sabhas in the state to take up sanitation at top priorityLand near Tehri reservoir sinkingAs many as 80 villages ...
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Tonk Khurd’s innovative farm ponds prove that when it comes to solving water crisis, one size does not fit all.

Vikram Patel, a 71-year-old farmer in Chidavad village of Dewas district in Madhya Pradesh is one of the first farmers to have embraced the idea of farm ponds to increase the groundwater level in his farm.

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Former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit to be probed in water tanker scam

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A fellowship placed young people in villages for a year, implementing good water & sanitation practices.

Open drainHirehandigola village in Gadag district of North Karnataka is an unsurprising picture of rural India. Hot, dry and dusty, it is populated by a largely lingayat community.

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This study in urban and rural areas of Vellore, Tamil Nadu found that seasonal fluctuations had an effect on water quality and diarrhoeal disease risk.

Access to safe drinking water and diarrhoeal diseases in India

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Thanks to the successful implementation of the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (RWSS) scheme, villagers began to believe in collective action and community development.

Since India became independent in 1947, the central and state governments have introduced various rural development schemes, and have been trying to get them to converge. While this effort hasn't been as impactful on a large scale, there are some success stories. Sarda Panchayat in Sambalpur, Odisha is one.   

 

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Blasting and drilling around Chirimiri's coal mines have taken a toll on the area's water resources and environment. The film presents the community's perspective on this issue.

Chirimiri Coalfield is a part of Central India Coalfields, located in Koriya district, Chhattisgarh.

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Centre releases DPR on forestry intervention for Ganga river

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The slipbacks in rural drinking water coverage have to do with poor acceptance of reforms to encourage community participation, and the traditional approach of funding targets for asset creation.

The goal of securing universal access to safe drinking water continues to be elusive for India inspite of the impressive strides made in the current years.

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Reservoir levels dip, Maharashtra urges people to celebrate dry holi

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Roadways construction affected the natural water drainage and blocked canals since 1980. Recent restoration works has infused life back into two villages in Madhuban Gram Panchayat.

Water logging has been a persistent problem for farmers in the coastal areas of Puri, Odisha. Construction of national highways has affected the natural water drainage system and has changed the lands of thousands of farmers since 1980. Nobody noticed that the Ratnachira river and other natural canals that led to the Chilika Lake were also torn apart in the process of constructing roads.

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