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  • Groundwater extraction rampant in Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan

    Four Indian states -- Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan -- are using groundwater indiscriminately, resulting in water being extracted faster than the rate of recharge there.

    All the four states could face severe water scarcity if sustainable water management practices are not fast adopted by them, the latest Government report of the country's available groundwater, has warned. Although groundwater extraction is also rampant in other parts of the country, in the four states, groundwater extraction of more than 100 per cent.

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  • Govt presents Ganga clean-up blueprint to Supreme Court

    The Union Government has presented to the Supreme Court a three-phased programme spread over 10 years to revive and rejuvenate the Ganga. The programme envisages an investment of Rs 51,000 crore to be carried out in setting up a massive wastewater treatment and solid waste management infrastructure in the river's basin.

    The Government has identified 118 towns located in five Ganga river basin states to achieve total sanitation targets including wastewater treatment.

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  • Delhi comes up with Rs 19,400-cr wastewater master plan

    The Delhi Govt has come up with a draft Sewage Master Plan 2031 that is aimed at bringing the entire city under sewerage coverage and improving quality of water flowing into the Yamuna.

    The ambitious Plan, which envisages a 9807-km sewerage network and setting up of as many as 75 wastewater treatment plants, will entail an investment of Rs 10,077 crore on current basis. If cost escalations due to projects delays are taken into account, the overall investment is seen at Rs 19,440 crore.

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  • Govt links MNREGA to rural water conservation efforts

    Union Rural Development Minister Nitin Gadkari on September 2 asked the states to stress on water conservation and linked it to the MNREGA.

    The Union Rural Development Minister has directed that 50 per cent of all works taken up by line agencies at district level should be for water conservation works like check dam construction, de-silting of traditional water bodies, minor irrigation tanks and canals, in a bid to mitigate drought and drought-like situation and scarcity.

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  • India committed to make Ganga mostly pollution free in 3 years

    The Union Government will make efforts to ensure that the Ganga River becomes free from most of its pollution within three years and at least one stream of the river flows uninterrupted.

    Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Minister Uma Bharti on August 20 said efforts are being made to rejuvenate the river in three years and steps would be taken to address the problem of pollution from industries and flow of sewage into it.

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Interviews

Poorly managed water near sure recipe for conflict

The impacts of water insecurity in India are varied. In development process, there are increasing conflicts across economic classes and between environmental advocates and developers.

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FROM GREECE TO INDIA, PEOPLE SAFEGUARD WATER FOR THE COMMON GOOD

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.

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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.

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