Wells and Step-wells

  • The annual droughts in Maharashtra have put tremendous pressure on the available water resources in the state. While the government has not been able to provide adequate, potable water to people in both rural and urban areas, the need to explore other decentralised and localised means of harnessing ...
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  • I am a resident in Manthoppe Colony, Ashok Nagar Chennai, Tamil Nadu. We are an apartment building with 16 flats sharing water from a single underground sump. This sump gets water from the Chennai Metro Water. Due to water shoratage crisis in Chennai, we decided to clean the open well we had for abu...
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  • In the last few decades, India has seen an increasing number of people migrating from rural areas to urban cities in search of work and better living. These migrants often get employed in the informal sector as construction workers, vendors, domestic servants, etc. They also live in informal settlem...
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  • Glacial lakes pose flood risk to 441 hydel projects in Himalayan region According to a study conducted by Swiss researchers, 441 hydropower projects across India, Nepal, Pakistan and China are on possible glacier lake outburst floods (GLOF) tracks and nearly one-third of these projects could experi...
    Swati Bansalposted 3 years 9 months agoread more
  • Despite all the hype around Swachh Bharat Mission, the situation on the ground remains dismal. The city of Ujjain is located on the western part of Madhya Pradesh on the Malwa Plateau and is primarily a religious tourism centre due to the Mahakal temple. The temple is not only one of the 12 jyotirli...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 3 years 10 months agoread more
  • Hello I want to dig a borewell, and need information on how to find the underground water, by a scientific method, which gives me 100%  accuracy?. Is there someone I can contact for this? Thanks & Regards Bharath v
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  • Call for Nominations Fourth Edition of FICCI Water Awards December 14, 2016 at FICCI, Federation House, Tansen Marg, New Delhi. Introduction The FICCI Water Awards were launched under the aegis of FICCI Water Mission, to promote awareness, policy advocacy, sharing of best practices and th...
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  • "Jatene dekho utene bawri" (wherever you look, there’s a stepwell). This is how the woman standing on the threshold of her house, in the walled city of Jodhpur, told us when we asked where we could find stepwells in her neighbourhood.  According to Rajyavallabh and Prasad Mandan, two tr...
    Manu Moudgilposted 4 years 4 weeks agoread more
  • Temples in India have always had a water body near its premises. Whether it is a natural pond, a free-flowing river or a man-made tank, the water inside them seem to imbibe the sacredness associated with the temples, thereby becoming an integral part of the cultural, social and religious landscape o...
    sabitakaushalposted 4 years 1 month agoread more
  • Summer temperatures soar to a gruelling 50ocelsius in Rapar, a little known block in Gujarat’s Kutch district. Land here is dry, saline and arid; the monsoon is erratic. Many a times, the entire year’s rain falls in a short span of two or three days, doing more harm than good. Dubbed a dark zone...
    sabitakaushalposted 4 years 1 month agoread more
  • Originally a darya (creek), locally known as Nizammuddin darya, Barapullah is a key drain of Delhi today. Barapullah gets its name from a pul (bridge) built across it by the then emperor Jahangir's chief eunuch, Mihir Banu Agha. The bridge has 10 piers and 12 pallahs (columns) and hence, the name, B...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 4 years 2 months agoread more
  • The legend has it that in the year 1321-22, mystic and 14th century Sufi saint Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya began digging a stepwell or baoli around the same time the then Delhi ruler Ghiyas-ud-Din Tughlaq was building his own splendid city, Tughlakabad. A fe...
    sabitakaushalposted 4 years 3 months agoread more
  • Hi We have lakes / check dam's close to our land; in the West, at about 1 km there is a lake, in the North at 700 meters is a lake and in the South, at 102 meters is a check dam, where till April, there was water at 2 feet depth, and during monsoon it had 8 to 10 feet depth.40 feet from the land th...
    bhavaniposted 4 years 3 months agoread more
  • Dear IWP I am a medical doctor and founder of voluntary organisation ANJALI Society for Rural Health & Development. Along with health & women's programm we have undertaken Environment Enrichment Programm in which we develop, modify, desilt existing water bodies ( talav) and plan trees on la...
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  • The Red Fort, located along the western banks of the Yamuna, was built by Mughal emperor Shahjahan when he moved his capital to Delhi from Agra and laid the foundations of Shahjahanabad, the seventh city of Delhi. Since then, the river has changed course but it’s proximity to the fort ensured that...
    sabitakaushalposted 4 years 6 months agoread more
  • Activists stand against three proposed projects near Konkan coastline Recently, the Maharashtra Government has announced three projects--a port which will also include a thermal power plant among other industries, the 9,900-MW Jaitapur nuclear power plant and one of the biggest oil refineries in th...
    Swati Bansalposted 4 years 7 months agoread more
  • Delhi, home to 16.75 million people, is in the grip of a major water crisis. Statistics by the Delhi Jal Board for the year 2011 suggest that the water deficit stands at about 250 million gallons per day with the supply being 830 million gallons per day. Unaccounted for water--the gap between t...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 4 years 7 months agoread more
  • Dear IWP Near my area a large open well exists, but it is filled by road waste and soil. How can I prevent the open well from closing up, and use it as a rechrge well? Thanks  Naveen Sajjan   
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  • 'Rajon ki baoli' also known as 'Rajon-ki-bain', is a picturesque 'baoli' or stepwell dating back to 1506 AD. With three storeys completely below ground level, it appears to emerge and unfold as one gets closer. The cool stone structure stands serene and silent under the blistering Delhi sun. General...
    sabitakaushalposted 4 years 9 months agoread more
  • What is the exact problem as regards groundwater salinity, fluoride and water scarcity in Mewat, Haryana? Is the area underlain with saline groundwater aquifers? What is the status of surface water in the area? Can it not reduce dependence on groundwater?Mewat has a dual problem of saline groundwate...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 4 years 9 months agoread more

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Illegal stone quarries have changed the face of Birbhum district where villagers are finding it difficult to survive due to contaminated water and pollution.

Koley Kisku, a primary school student at Ranipur village at Rampurhat block in Birbhum district of West Bengal suffers from a thyroid gland related ailment that has partially affected his ability to speak. His school mates say that the 11-year-old could speak normally till a few years ago but he began to lose his voice. Nowadays, he sits quietly in a corner, unable to mingle with other kids. 

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Dear Sir/Madam,

I have 5 acre of land and currently there is no water well in our farm. I am from village Khalegaon, Georai tehsil of Beed district of Maharashtra and I want to dig a farm well.

So, I want to know

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What are some of the established approaches to recharge a well? How would it differ in rural and urban context? What are some of the easy ways to monitor the health of a well and what are the key parameters for the same?

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Country's groundwater crisis showcases need to enact model groundwater bill

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To dig an open well near a river, is there a rule in Tamil Nadu specifying the distance between the open well and the river ?

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Need help on this. I had recently tested a newly dug well to use water for construction purpose. All parameters except the alkalinity were within permissible limits. Your feedback will be appreciated. Thank you.

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Watershed management is not just to harvest and store water but also to create democratic processes at the village level and enable inclusive, sustainable development that meets the people's needs.

In India, although we have approximately four months of monsoon (which is basically 45 days of effective rainfall), in drought prone areas, there are only 10-15 days of harvestable rain in the entire season. If you don't get enough rain during those days, it's a cause for worry.

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A temple trust revives an ancient stepwell, comes to the rescue of a water-starved village.

Long before piped water supply became the norm, groundwater got extracted for use and rivers neglected, stepwells served as a major source of water for people.

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To make access to water adequate and equitable, the focus must shift from water sources to water resources. Science, community participation and cooperation, are key to addressing our water woes.

A growing demand for water implies the need for an improved understanding of our resources, and the ability to manage that demand in an equitable and sustainable way.

Wells, not dams, have been the temples of modern India

India is a groundwater economy. At 260 cubic km per year, our country is the highest user of groundwater in the world - we use 25 percent of all groundwater extracted globally, ahead of USA and China.

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Studies reveal that efforts at guinea worm eradication have triggered the spread of hydrofluorosis in Rajasthan.

Up until two decades ago, the main sources of drinking water in Rajasthan included surface water from perennial ponds, reservoirs, lakes, dams, rivers and streams with borewells and tubewells used sparingly and only in remote areas. All this changed when guinea worm infections started appearing in the state. 

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