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  • India needs localised water management approach: President

    President Ram Nath Kovind has called for adopting a localised water management approach that empowers village and neighbourhood communities and builds their capacity to manage, allocate and value water resources.

    Stating that better and more efficient use of water is a challenge for Indian agriculture and industry alike, the President said a new set of benchmarks need to be set at the villages as well as the cities being built.


  • Cabinet reshuffle: Bharti divested of Water Resources Ministry

    In a Cabinet expansion-cum-reshuffle exercise, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has divested Uma Bharti of the Union Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation Ministry and allocated the same to Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Jairam Gadkari.

    Bharti, who had been spearheading some of the Centre's flagship programmes including the ambitious Namami Gange and river inter-linking schemes, has been made the Union Drinking Water & Sanitation Minister.


  • Namami Gange: Another eight STP projects for UP, WB, Bihar approved

    Continuing its approval process for sewage treatment infrastructure projects along the Ganga, the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has given the go-ahead to eight such projects spread across Bihar, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh.

    Along with a project on river front development and a Ganga Knowledge Centre, the projects envisage an investment of about Rs 2033 crore. Some of the projects will be taken up under the hybrid annuity-based public private partnership (PPP) model.


  • Centre clears six STP projects for UP, Bihar under Namami Gange

    The Centre has approved six sewage treatment infrastructure projects entailing an investment of Rs 414 crore in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar under the Namami Gange programme.

    The six projects, along with another one for ghat development and research, have been approved by the executive committee of National Mission (NMCG) for Clean Ganga on July 31.

    Uttar Pradesh has emerged on top among the five main Ganga states in terms of ongoing sewage treatment infrastructure capacity.


  • 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.



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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