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  • 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.


  • Water works in focus under MGNREGS as drought hits India

    The sustained thrust on water conservation under the Centre's flagship Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) saw an unprecedented 15.47 lakh water-related works getting completed during 2016-17.

    The previous financial year not only marked a new high in the number of water-related works taken up, but also saw renewed thrust from several state Governments in undertaking region-specific unique water conservation initiatives.


  • Namami Gange: Centre clears 20 projects worth Rs 1900 crore

    The Centre has approved 20 additional projects entailing a cost of Rs 1900 crore under its ambitious Namami Gange programme. The projects, largely pertaining to creation of fresh sewage treatment infrastructure, will come up in Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Delhi.

    Interestingly, more than a third of the proposed investment will be for the national Capital. The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has approved setting up of a massive 564 MLD sewage treatment plant at Okhla in Delhi at a cost of Rs 665 crore.



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.