Rural Water

  • 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. Before 1950, the Malguzaars construct...
    makarandpurohitposted 2 years 10 months agoread more
  • 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 cri...
    Manu Moudgilposted 2 years 11 months agoread more
  • 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 cotto...
    Manu Moudgilposted 2 years 11 months agoread more
  • At sunrise, everything is luminous but not clear.  ― Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It and Other Stories In September 2015, the BJP-led government in Chhattisgarh decided to put a master plan in place for the development on the Kharun riverfront. To be modelled around the Sabarmati ri...
    makarandpurohitposted 2 years 11 months agoread more
  • Floods grip many parts of the country Heavy downpour in Maharashtra and Rajasthan has caused 10 deaths while thousands have been affected due to floods in Madhya Pradesh and Assam. In Uttarakhand, the water level in Ganga has risen considerably and people have been restricted from stepping dow...
    swatiposted 2 years 11 months agoread more
  • 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.  “Only seven-10 percent of vill...
    makarandpurohitposted 2 years 11 months agoread more
  • Rural India walks too far to quench their thirst Going by the 2011 census data, 63 percent of rural India does not have a source of drinking water at home and they walk more than 500m daily to get drinking water. The data has revealed that households in rural Odisha take the longest average walking...
    swatiposted 2 years 12 months agoread more
  • Environment ministry releases the draft of India’s new National Forest Policy The draft of the new National Forest Policy (NFP) has been released by the environment ministry. The new draft proposes to levy green tax that will allow for an ecologically responsible behavior and will also supplement...
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  • 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. “For the last two decades, the Chidavad village in the Tonk Khurd block, was one among the ...
    makarandpurohitposted 3 years 2 days agoread more
  • Former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit to be probed in water tanker scam Lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung has approved to take up the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) probe against the former chief minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit for her alleged role in Rs 400 crore water tanker scam. The decision has been tak...
    swatiposted 3 years 5 days agoread more
  • Hirehandigola 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. About half the village has household toilets, significantly higher than the district average of 24% as per the 2011 Census. At fi...
    priyadposted 3 years 3 weeks agoread more
  • Access to safe drinking water and diarrhoeal diseases in India Although as high as 82.7 % rural and 91.4 % urban populations have access to safe drinking water in India according to the Census 2011, this does not provide assurance of adequate quality along with equitable distribution of water. The ...
    aarti kelkar kh...posted 3 years 1 month agoread more
  • 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...
    makarandpurohitposted 3 years 2 months agoread more
  • Chirimiri Coalfield is a part of Central India Coalfields, located in Koriya district, Chhattisgarh. It is spread over 125 square kilometres with estimated total reserves of around 312.11 million tonnes. In the last 70 years, more than 250 springs that used to be the primary sources of dri...
    makarandpurohitposted 3 years 2 months agoread more
  • Centre releases DPR on forestry intervention for Ganga river The Water Resource Ministry has unveiled the Detailed Project Report (DPR) on Forestry Intervention for the Ganga which has been prepared by the Forest Research Institute, Dehradun. The project envisages the plantation of 4 crore native t...
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  • 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. The working paper titled 'Unravelling rural India’s enduring water indigence: Framing the questions, issues, options and opportunities' publis...
    aarti kelkar kh...posted 3 years 2 months agoread more
  • Reservoir levels dip, Maharashtra urges people to celebrate dry holi Per the Central Water Commission weekly data, the storage availability at 91 major reservoirs in the country is at a mere 29% of their total storage capacity which is far below the average level of the last 10 years. Maharashtra, ...
    swatiposted 3 years 3 months agoread more
  • 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 cana...
    makarandpurohitposted 3 years 3 months agoread more
  • Agriculture, rural development and social sector is the focus of Budget 2016 In the Union Budget 2016, the Government has allocated Rs 35,984 crore for agriculture and farmer welfare, and plans to double the income of farmers by 2022. In addition, to increase the agricultural production and product...
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  • The East Coast of India is very much unlike its western counterpart both in terms of physiography and climatology. Unlike the West Coast which receives a predictable amount of rainfall within a predictable time frame, the East Coast is entirely dependent on the depressions in the Bay of Bengal to br...
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Alien fish spotted in Telangana waters after Krishna-Godavari interlinking

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Paani Foundation tasks the villagers with the responsibility of managing their water and saving their villages from drought.

Historians will tell you that an explosion of creativity occurs the moment the world starts complaining that there is nothing left to invent, or that the search for solutions has come to an end.

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Here's a video that tells the story of the struggle of the people displaced by the Hirakud dam and their right over the land.

On January 13, 1957, the then Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru inaugurated the Hirakud dam, calling it the temple of modern India. It has submerged more than 360 villages (1,23,000 acres of land) and displaced 26,561 families. Out of these displaced families, around 11,000 families and their successors have been residing in the periphery of the Hirakud reservoir in 34 unsurveyed villages.

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How Balasore became recognised as a fluorosis-affected district in Odisha

Back in 2015, the Member of Parliament (MP) from Balasore, Odisha got to know about a strange problem in his constituency. There were reports of a number of bone deformities and crippled people in areas surrounding Patripal village of Remuna block. They seemed to be related to fluoride in water, causing a disease called Skeletal Fluorosis.

The problem was that Government data seemed to indicate the entire Balasore district to be free from fluoride (See above figure). But how then were people getting crippled? This started a journey for the MP from Balasore, Rabindra Kumar Jena.

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An initiative in Uttarakhand aims to inculcate knowledge of water management in school children.

The children of Shri Ram Vidya Mandir in Dotiyal in Almora district of Uttarakhand were hushed as they entered the hall. Within 15 minutes, they were all giggling in anticipation of the fun of learning something new. This is one of the schools where students are taught the basics of hydrogeology and water quality.

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Who selects the villages for water supply by tankers? How are they selected? How is the number of tankers for a particular village is decided? What is the water storage capacity of the tanker? At what cost each tanker is available? Who bears the cost? Where can I get tehsil wise data about number of tankers each year?

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Aspects of the census data to consider when using it as a data source for rural water supply.

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Policy matters this week

Committee rejects UP's plan for a religious hi-tech smart city 

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Transforming barren lands to lush green landscape is one of the many works of WOTR that won them the Land for Life Award 2017 from the United Nations Convention on Combating Desertification.

Marathwada in Maharashtra is an arid region with rainfall of less than 750 mm per year. Most villages in the region face acute water scarcity. Kachner in Aurangabad was no exception. 

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Marathwada village comes up with a novel idea to tackle water scarcity—water budget for each household. The result is for everyone to see.

Till about a year ago, 52-year-old Kisan Jite would often wake up to his wife Sarla and other village women squabbling over who would fill their buckets first from the only well in Golegaon village. This fight would then proceed to the three water tankers allotted by the zilla parishad for the entire village with a population of 2750 people. Some days, Jite himself would queue up behind the tankers.

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