Aarti Kelkar Khambete

Will Andhra Pradesh’s free bore well scheme deplete groundwater?
Under the YSR Jalakala scheme, the Andhra Pradesh government will dig free bore wells to provide small and marginal farmers access to water. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 4 days 4 hours ago
Groundwater depletion, a growing problem in India (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Roadmap for nature-based and climate resilient livelihoods in Maharashtra
State-level consultation on a roadmap for nature-based and climate resilient livelihoods in Maharashtra ends with a consensus. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 3 weeks ago
Nature based climate resilient livelihoods (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Mosquito fish – invaders in disguise!
Gambusia or Mosquito fish, inspite of being recognised as highly invasive species, continue to be introduced in freshwater bodies for mosquito control in India. This needs to stop! Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 3 weeks 2 days ago
Gambusia spell doom for freshwater diversity (Image Source: Gambusia affinis, NOZO via Wikimedia Commons)
Water governance standard and certification system – An answer to the water problems of agrarian India
The recent 'Water governance standard and certification system' developed by WOTR can greatly help villages to develop good governance practices and manage their water needs equitably and sustainably. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 3 weeks 2 days ago
Long queues waiting for tankers are common in different parts of Maharashtra during water scarcity (Image Source: WOTR)
Enhancing water security through responsible tourism
While tourism is on the threshold of expanding in India, water scarcity and quality issues could hinder progress. What could be the way out? Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 3 weeks 6 days ago
Water tankers cater to the needs of populations in tourist destinations in India (Image Source: India Water Portal)
The threatened traditional tank systems of Madurai
While traditional tanks systems in Madurai continue to fulfill the drinking water and irrigation needs of the rural population, rapid urbanisation is gradually destroying them! Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 4 weeks 1 day ago
The dying tanks of Madurai (Image Source: Seetha Goplalakrishnan)
Meandering waterways: the interconnectedness of people’s action on water availability
Water demand and availability cannot be viewed in isolation. It is rather an outcome of the whole set of actions that people undertake to improve their lives and enhance their livelihoods. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 month ago
Improving water availability in Mogras. Image used for representation only (Image Source: WOTR)
Managing groundwater demand: the way forward
Substituting groundwater irrigation by canal irrigation will not help in maintaining the current levels of food production in India. Managing groundwater demand will, finds a study. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 month 1 week ago
Groundwater, a valuable resource! (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Baravas - Unique water harvesting structures of Maharashtra
Baravas, the unique water harvesting structures of Maharashtra continue to stand the test of time. Urgent efforts need to be made to conserve them and learn from them! Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 month 2 weeks ago
A barav from Limb village in Satara district, Maharashtra (Image Source: Aarti Kelkar Khambete)
Dams and distress in the Himalayas!
Hydropower projects and compensatory afforestation plantations are spelling doom for the fragile Himalayan forest ecosystems. Urgent action is the need of the hour! Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 month 2 weeks ago
100 MW Tidong-I project, Kinnaur HP (Image Source: Manu Moudgil)
Living glasshouses - in the water!
Diatoms, that abound in freshwater ecosystems not only generate 25 percent of oxygen we breathe, but also help save freshwater bodies by detecting pollution! Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 month 3 weeks ago
Diatom (Nitzschia sp. - a pollution indicator) along with other algae from a stream (Image Source: Karthick Balasubramanian)
The Uttarakhand disaster: A warning to be better prepared!
The Uttarakhand disaster reaffirms earlier warnings on the fragility of the Himalayan region calling for more careful planning and preparedness in the future! Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 months ago
A view of the Himalayas. (Source: IWP Flickr photos--photo for representation purpose only)
Professor Brij Gopal, a tireless advocate of India’s rivers!
Professor Brij Gopal, a tireless advocate of India’s rivers passed away in Delhi last week. We, at the India Water Portal are extremely saddened by this news. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 months 1 week ago
River Ken in Madhya Pradesh (Image Source: Shivamd2d via Wikimedia Commons)
Bengaluru lakes, in crisis!
Urban wetlands are increasingly under threat in cities such as Bengaluru! Community participation and better planning, management and monitoring of urban spaces is the need of the hour! Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 months 1 week ago
Ulsoor lake, Bengaluru (Image Source: Subhashish Panigrahi via Wikimedia Commons)
Breathing life into the dying rivers of Pune!
Jeevitnadi continues with its mission to breathe life into Pune’s rivers and has been awarded the prestigious Bhagirath Prayas Samman 2020 this year! Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 months 2 weeks ago
Mutha, the lifeline of Pune city (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Cereals drain India dry
A study on virtual water flows in interstate trade of cereals in India shows that cereals are rapidly draining the states that have the most critical levels of groundwater. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 months 3 weeks ago
Cereals and millets at a bazaar in Nizampet, Hyderabad (Image Source: Aditya Madhav, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons)
Unsafe drinking water burdens urban poor
While urban poor in Delhi are forced to access water from informal sources, this water is highly contaminated posing multiple risks to health. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 months 3 weeks ago
Safe drinking water, a valuable resource  (Image Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Everything you want to know about drinking water
What is safe drinking water? What is the state of drinking water in India? Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 3 months ago
Safe drinking water, avaluable resource (Image Source: India Water Portal)
The fast disappearing traditional water harvesting structures of Rajasthan
Lack of community ownership and local governance are spelling doom for the once royal and resilient traditional water harvesting structures of Rajasthan. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 3 months 1 week ago
Toorji Ka Jhalara, Jodhpur (Image Source: Rituja Mitra)
Digital water infrastructure to help India become water independent
Digital water infrastructure has a great potential in solving India's water crisis by preventing wastage and encouraging optimum use of water. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 3 months 2 weeks ago
Smart water meters for efficient use of scarce water resources (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)