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  • India puts Smart City Mission into implementation mode

    India's ambitious Smart City Mission has taken off with Prime Minister Narendra Modi putting the flagship programme into implementation mode with launch of 14 projects of Pune’s Smart City Plan.

    The launch on June 25 comes a year after Modi set off the mission by releasing the Mission Guidelines. Along with the 14 smart city projects in Pune, the PM initiated 69 other works in other 19 smart cities in the country that were selected in the first round, while making a strong pitch to consider urbanisation as an opportunity to mitigate poverty.


  • Coal-based power plants adding to India's water scarcity

    Even as large parts of India reel under a severe drought, an analysis by international environment NGO Greenpeace has revealed that existing coal-fired power plants across the country consume water that could meet the needs of 25 crore people.

    Greenpeace said data on water consumption patterns of coal power plants in seven drought affected states -– Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Chhattisgarh -- shows these states consume water that could meet basic needs of 50 mn people for a year.


  • Water scarcity to hit global economic growth, warns World Bank

    At a time when India is struggling with a water crisis that has hit agriculture activity and even power and industrial production, the World Bank has said that growing water scarcity could hit gross domestic product (GDP) of several countries.

    Growing water scarcity due to population increases, rising incomes and expanding cities, exacerbated by the effects of climate change, could cost some regions of the world up to six per cent of their GDP in the next few decades, the World Bank said in a recent report.


  • India needs multidisciplinary approach to water management: President

    President Pranab Mukherjee has called for undertaking a multi-disciplinary approach to water management in the country, but stated that any strategy for efficient water management would remain incomplete without the active involvement of the community.

    The participation of the end-user is not only a necessity for successful implementation of the various schemes undertaken by Govt, but it should be a development objective in itself, said Mukherjee at the valedictory function of 4th India Water Week-2016 that concluded on April 8 in New Delhi.


  • Poor in India, elsewhere paying the most for water access

    The poorest people in the world are paying the most for water. In India, the poor people at times spend as much as 17 per cent of their daily income for water supply, a new report by international charity WaterAid has said.

    India topped the list of countries with the greatest number of people -- 75.8 million, or 5% of the population -- lacking access to safe water. Poor management of water resources is the biggest problem in India, the report, released on World Water Day on March 22, added.



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.