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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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • India's water appetite for energy production unsustainable

    India's growing appetite for water for energy production may not be sustainable beyond 2040 if the country continues with current systems of power generation, new research has revealed.

    By 2020 itself, many areas of the world will no longer have access to clean drinking water and about 30-40 per cent of the world will have water scarcity, two new reports that focus on the global electricity-water nexus have warned.

    There will be a clash of competing necessities, between drinking water and energy demand.


  • Budget 2014: Rural supply, watershed development schemes unveiled

    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has announced several measures and schemes relate to new water projects, including a mega scheme aimed at conservation of the Ganga, in the Union Budget 2014-15.

    In his maiden Budget, Jaitley announced measures for watershed development and a scheme for rural drinking water supply. Jaitley also allocated a sum of Rs 500 crore for water reforms in Delhi. For providing safe drinking water, Rs 3600 crore has been earmarked under National Rural Drinking Water Programme.



India to be one of the top four markets for Paques

India would remain a key market for Paques and the company has already undertaken a couple of sizeable and prestigious projects for PTA industry here, said Paques India MD Sudeep Sangameswaran.


Guest Coloumns

Improvement in water storage capacity needed.

For meeting future irrigation, industrial and drinking water needs, and maintaining sustainable water management paradigm, there is need to increase India's water storage capacity.



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.