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  • Large population a strain on India's water resources: Ansari

    Stating that India’s huge population is stressing its available water resources, Vice President M Hamid Ansari has asked for optimal, economical and equitable use of the country's water resources on an urgent basis.

    India’s proverbial poverty amongst plenty is related to results from the hydro-meteorological conditions, inequitable spatial distribution, non-utilization and ill-planned utilization of water resources. The biggest concern for India's water-based resources in the future was sustainability of current and future water allocation as the resource becomes scarce.

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  • Clean Ganga Mission given more powers; new Council mooted

    The Union Cabinet has decided to give more teeth to the Clean Ganga Mission. The move is aimed at providing a fillip to projects being undertaken to rejuvenate the river.

    The Cabinet has decided to replace the National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA) with a new National Council on River Ganga. The the National Council for River Ganga (Rejuvenation, Protection and Management) will be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and will be responsible for superintendence of pollution prevention and rejuvenation of Ganga Basin.

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  • River pollution threatens health, livelihoods of millions in Asia

    Hundreds of millions of people in Asia are at risk of contracting life-threatening diseases as up to a half of all river stretches in the region are affected by severe pathogen pollution, a new report by the United Nations has warned.

    Health and livelihoods of some 323 million people in Asia, Africa and Latin America are threatened by increasing levels of pollution in rivers, with Asia being the hardest hit, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) said in “A Snapshot of the World’s Water Quality: Towards a Global Assessment".

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  • India's river inter-linking plan is a Rs 5,60,000 crore-project

    Even as the Ken-Betwa link project, the first of the ambitious river inter-linking scheme gets delayed due to environmental strictures, the Centre has said as much as Rs 5,60,000 crore would be needed for undertaking all projects.

    A massive Rs 3,75,000 crore is likely to be spent on undertaking 14 link projects under the Himalayan component while the peninsular component of the project, with 16 links, is likely to cost Rs 1,85,000 crore.

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  • Water stress affects 2 bn people worldwide, more may get hit

    Water stress currently affects more than 2 bn people around the globe and the figure is projected to rise, the inaugural Sustainable Development Goals Report released by the United Nations recently, has warned. Water stress affects countries on every continent, which hinders the sustainability of natural resources as well as economic and social development, the report said.

    In 2015, 6.6 bn people, or 91 per cent of the global population, used an improved drinking water source, compared with 82 per cent in 2000.

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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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