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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Centre clears Rs 1050-crore projects in Patna to clean Ganga

    Continuing its efforts to set up sewage treatment infrastructure along the polluted Ganga river, the Centre has awarded projects worth Rs 1050 crore to several private companies under the 'Namami Gange' mission. The projects will be in Bihar and aim to arrest sewage pollution in the Ganga from Patna.

    The amount will be spent for setting up two STPs, carry out renovation of an existing STP, construction of two pumping stations and laying of new underground sewage network of about 400 kilometer.

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  • Govt approves Haridwar, Varanasi STP projects under Namami Gange

    The Union Government has given approval for several new projects under its ambitious Ganga rejuvenation programme, giving a push to the hybrid annuity-based scheme being it launched last year under the public private partnership (PPP) mode to set up sewage treatment infrastructure along the river.

    The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) gave its go-ahead to the projects in Haridwar and Varanasi.

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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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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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