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A 700-year-old stepwell, built by a 14th century mystic, is reputed to have miraculous powers. It is no surprise then that it attracts thousands of devotees even today.

The legend has it that in the year 1321-22, mystic and 14th century Sufi saint Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya began digging a stepwell or

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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 there is a small canal running and water will be there during monsoons/rainy days.

But this land and another 4 /5 close by lands do not have electricity, and farming can happen only by using rain water (Rain fed).

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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 large scale. All this is done voluntarily with some involvement of local people. One of our well wishers gave me name of this book which i wanted to read to get some understanding about this kind of work. Most of my time is devoted to health activities ( 75 bed rural hospital ).

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A unique 'baoli' older than the fort itself where two staircases from two sides meet at a central pool, lies locked up and inaccessible even to visitors.

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 there was abundant water supply as well as protection for the city. A world heritage site, it was previously known as ‘Qila-e-Mubarak’ or the Blessed Fort. 

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Activists stand against three proposed projects near Konkan coastline

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The city's old wells and baodis are running dry, and the Yamuna is getting more polluted by the day. Where is Delhi's water going to come from when groundwater levels are also dropping?

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 the water produced and distributed--is as high as 40-45%.

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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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A hidden subterranean treasure in the wilderness of Mehrauli Archaeological Park, this 'baoli' showcases a stone structure built for water; cool & serene under the hot Delhi sun.

'Rajon ki baoli' also known as 'Rajon-ki-bain', is a picturesque 'baoli' or stepwell dating back t

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Lalit Mohan Sharma of Sehgal Foundation, Gurgaon speaks to India Water Portal about innovative solutions to sail through Mewat's water crisis.

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?

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The film “Rainwater Harvesting: From books to fields”, showcases how rooftop rainwater harvesting can also bring about social and economic change.

Chhattisgarh ranked number 1 in the country for providing domestic water connections in 2014-15 under the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP). Despite this, the government has failed to provide safe and clean drinking water to many who are still affected by fluoride, arsenic and iron contamination.

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