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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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  • Budget 2018-19: Water Resources Ministry gets Rs 2000 crore hike

    Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has increased the allocation for the Water Resources Ministry by nearly Rs 2000 crore to Rs 8860 crore in the Union Budget 2018-19.

    Most of the funds are expected to be used for expansion in irrigation infrastructure to allow more farmers to move away from traditional methods of farming and bring in higher water use efficiency in the agriculture sector. The ongoing Ganga rejuvenation programmes are also expected to benefit from the higher budgetary allocation to the Ministry.

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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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