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  • Eighty per cent Ganga clean-up expected by March 2019: Gadkari

    Presenting yet another report card on the ongoing Namami Gange programme, Union Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Minister Nitin Gadkari has expressed hope that as much as 70 to 80 per cent of the Ganga River would get cleaned up by March 2019.

    The Union Government had launched Namami Gange as an integrated Ganga conservation mission with the aim to integrate previous, currently ongoing and new projects. The programme was given a Rs 20,000 crore budget and is to be implemented over a five-year period ending in December 2020.

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  • ADB operations grow 26% to $32 bn in 2017, exposure to water dips

    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has said its total operations saw a 26 per cent increase in 2017 to $32.2 billion but its disbursements dropped to $11.1 billion during the year from $12.3 billion in 2016.

    For India, the Manila-based lenders sovereign commitment was to the tune of $4.2 billion, including loans of over $2.7 billion. The official co-financing amount was $1.52 billion while grant accounted for just $27.9 million.

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  • India, Pak, Uganda among world's poorest in access to clean water

    Notwithstanding the efforts made by the Government in ensuring that people across the country get access to safe drinking water, India still has been ranked at the country with the most number of people without clean water.

    In fact, India has been put in the company of neighbouring Pakistan and three African countries - Uganda, Niger, Mozambique - where the highest percentage or largest number of people cannot easily get clean water, according to a new report released by international charity organisation WaterAid.

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  • Use CAD funds to send water to the fields, says Gadkari

    Union Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari has called for faster utilization of funds allocated for command area development (CAD) under the Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme (AIBP), stating that while everyone seemed "very happy" to construct large dams, few were interested in ensuring that water reaches the farms.

    Expressing concern that funds allocated for CAD have not been adequately utilized, Gadkari said that the overall purpose of AIBP will be defeated if CAD was not implemented properly.

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  • Namami Gange: Centre eyes single operator for old, new STP projects

    The Centre is looking to have a mechanism in place to ensure that a single private sector company is entrusted with the task of upgradation and refurbishment of old and existing sewage treatment plants (STPs) in a city along the Ganga along with a contract for setting up greenfield STPs through the hybrid-annuity based public-private partnership (PPP) mode.

    At the same time, Union Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Minister Nitin Gadkari has indicated that the Centre has set a target of making 80-90 per cent of the Ganga clean by March 2019.

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Why forests should take centre stage during the water decade

Only a tiny fraction of national biodiversity plans consider the impact of forests on water supply, and only a fraction of national water plans place ecosystems at their centre.

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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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