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  • Namami Gange: Another eight STP projects for UP, WB, Bihar approved

    Continuing its approval process for sewage treatment infrastructure projects along the Ganga, the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has given the go-ahead to eight such projects spread across Bihar, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh.

    Along with a project on river front development and a Ganga Knowledge Centre, the projects envisage an investment of about Rs 2033 crore. Some of the projects will be taken up under the hybrid annuity-based public private partnership (PPP) model.


  • Centre clears six STP projects for UP, Bihar under Namami Gange

    The Centre has approved six sewage treatment infrastructure projects entailing an investment of Rs 414 crore in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar under the Namami Gange programme.

    The six projects, along with another one for ghat development and research, have been approved by the executive committee of National Mission (NMCG) for Clean Ganga on July 31.

    Uttar Pradesh has emerged on top among the five main Ganga states in terms of ongoing sewage treatment infrastructure capacity.


  • India would need $291 bn to plug water demand-supply gap by 2030

    Even as large parts of India get lashed by monsoon rains, bringing cheers from thirsty people and desperate farmers, a new study has said the widening gap between demand for water and its supply in the country was estimated to reach a staggering 50 per cent by 2030.

    To plug this huge demand-supply gap in 2030, an additional investment of $291 billion would be needed. This translates roughly into Rs 18,91,000 crore as per current exchange rates. The size of the Union Budget in 2016-17 was Rs 20,00,000 crore.


  • Centre approves 100 per cent sewerage treatment for Delhi

    The Union Government has given the go-ahead to several projects for the creation of sewage treatment infrastructure in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Delhi under its ambitious Namai Gange programme.

    The projects, worth about Rs 1900 crore, will ensure that there is hundred per cent sewage treatment facility in the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi besides Haridwar, Rishikesh, Vrindavan, Varanasi and Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.


  • Centre plans water conservation scheme for Bundelkhand, Odisha

    The Centre has planned an extensive water conservation programme for several drought prone areas in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Odisha, most notably in the parched Bundelkhand region that straddles UP & MP.

    The programme would focus on artificial recharge of groundwater as well as irrigation schemes in the states. Besides, Bundelkhand, the programme would look at drought prone areas of Marathwada in Maharashtra and Kalahandi, Bolangir and Koraput in Odisha.


Guest Coloumns

India’s wells are running dry, fast

Between rapidly disappearing fresh water, unchecked pollution and so many thirsty citizens, India is facing an impending water crisis unlike anything prior generations have seen. If India does not begin aggressively conserving water, the faucets will run soon dry.



The successes in Greece and Indonesia demonstrate civil society wants to keep water in public hands. And yet the World Bank continues its dogmatic promotion of privatization.


Degrees of Thirst: The World’s Water Supply

It’s no secret that there is a water crisis in many developing countries around the world. Many people everyday go without clean water. More people have access to a mobile phone than they do to a toilet.