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  • Centre approves Rs 5748 crore under AMRUT for five states

    The Central Government has approved action plans of five states entailing total project outlay of Rs 5,748 crore under the AMRUT (Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation) for the current financial year.

    With the approval, as many as 81 cities in Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Odisha and Mizoram will undertake projects to improve and enhance basic infrastructure including water supply and sewerage network infrastructure.


  • 'Many global corporate giants vulnerable to water risks'

    A majority of the world's largest publicly-listed companies is failing to conduct a comprehensive risk assessment with regard to water issues and many of them remain vulnerable to substantive water risks, a new report by global non-profit organisation CDP has found.

    But, compared to previous years, corporate water stewardship is becoming better understood and leaders are emerging among these companies, the CDP Global Water Report 2015, released recently, said.


  • S'pore, Pak face extreme water stress by 2040; India a tad better

    As many as 33 countries, including 11 from the Middle East, could face extremely high water stress in 2040, according to a new analysis by the World Resources Institute (WRI).

    While among Asian nations, the list includes Pakistan and Afghanistan besides, surprisingly, Singapore, India and China do not find mention in it.

    The 33 countries are expected to record extremely high water stress as defined by ratio of withdrawals to supply being over 80 per cent.


  • US company says paid bribes to bag India water projects

    US-based global construction management company Louis Berger has confessed to "improper business activities" by some of its former senior personnel in several Asian countries. The self-reporting on the issue has got the company a three-year deferred prosecution agreement and $17.1 million in fines as the final US Government settlement.

    But, the issue has brought the spotlight on the murky dealings going on in India, where contracts worth millions of dollars for water projects are coming up for grabs.


  • India plans Rs 50,000 cr spend under mega irrigation scheme

    With the aim of increasing farm productivity and improve water use efficiency, the Narendra Modi Government has announced that an amount of Rs 50,000 crore would be spent over the next five years under the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana.

    The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by Modi, has given its approval to the new scheme with an outlay of Rs 50,000 crore from 2015-16 to 2019-20. The allocation for the current financial year was Rs 5300 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.