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  • Centre gives nod for Rs 1388-crore sewage works in Uttar Pradesh

    The Centre has approved sewerage infrastructure and other projects worth Rs 1387.71 crore focusing on towns along the Yamuna in Uttar Pradesh under its ongoing Namami gange programme.

    The latest round of approved projects involve construction and renovation of sewage treatment plants, online monitoring systems of sewage treatment plants and other infrastructure projects.

  • Growing water risks may aggravate bad loan crisis in Indian banks

    The recent issue of widening non-performing assets (NPAs) of Indian banks could get worse in coming years as many lenders have loan exposure to sectors where there are various risks to water resources, a new report by the WWF has warned.

    Stating that close to 40 per cent of the gross credit exposure of Indian banks is in sectors where water risks are significant, the WWF report has underlined that the increasing water risks for businesses could lead to significant losses for the country’s banks.

  • Niti Aayog calls for wastewater recycling, more water storage

    Recycling of wastewater, augmentation of water storage capacity and participatory approach to encourage behavioural changes and community engagement in groundwater management are among the recommendations of the NITI Aayog in its recently unveiled comprehensive national strategy for 2022-23.

    Industries should be encouraged to meet a major share of their demand through recycled water. Besides, programmes for smart water meters and tradable permits for use of recycled water may be launched, said NITI Aayog in ‘Strategy for New India @75’.

  • Centre steps up efforts to clean Ganga tributaries

    The Union Water Resources Ministry has stepped up attention towards Ganga's tributaries, sanctioning projects worth over Rs 840 crore in Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal recently even as a major Rs 908 crore concession contract has been signed with Shapoorji Pallonji & Company Ltd for boosting the sewage treatment infrastructure at Kanpur.

    The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) is taking up 26 projects on some major Ganga tributaries including Yamuna, Saryu, Ram Ganga, Gomti, Kali, Kosi, Gandak, Damodar and Rispana-Bindal.

  • India, China to be hardest hit by Asia’s $4 trillion water risk

    India, China and several other Asian countries face urgent water challenges and won’t have sufficient water to develop further while ensuring food and energy security, a recent report by Hong Kong-based think tank China Water Risk (CWR) has said.

    In fact, India and China, two of the worlds’ most populous countries, will be faced with no choice but to create a new development paradigm if they want a future with water.

  • NMCG approves Rs 1570 cr Ganga projects in UP, Bihar, West Bengal

    The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has approved 10 projects worth Rs 1573 crore under the Namami Gange programme.

    In its recent meeting, NMCG's Executive Committee (EC) gave the go-ahead for the projects, which are largely sewerage schemes on Ganga's main stem and its tributaries located in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal. Additionally, one sewerage scheme in Himachal Pradesh has also been approved.

  • Small water enterprises form alliance in India, seek policy reforms

    Several leading small water enterprises (SWEs) have joined hands with entrepreneurs, technology & service providers as well as funders and knowledge providers to launch the Small Water Enterprise Alliance in India, hoping to facilitate joint initiatives to establish industry standards, accelerate sector funding and advance regulatory reforms.

    The multi-sectoral collaboration, which was facilitated by leading SWE Safe Water Network, has asked for several policy changes and facilitations from the Union Government.

  • Centre issues notification for e-flow norms of Ganga

    The Centre has notified the minimum environmental flows for the Ganga that have to be maintained at various locations. The move is aimed at restoring and maintaining continuous flow of the Gangaand comes along with efforts to curb flow of untreated wastewater in the river.

    The notification will help ensure that the river has at least the minimum required environmental flow of water even after its flow gets diverted by projects and structures for purposes including irrigation, hydropower, domestic and industrial use.

  • Sewage infrastructure development along Ganga River remains slow

    Despite the urgency to clean and rejuvenate the Ganga River as per the 2019-20 deadline given by the Centre, the progress of sewage infrastructure development remains woefully tardy.

    Till August 2018, less than a fourth of the proposed sewage infrastructure projects have been completed under the Namami Gange Mission while no new sewage treatment capacity has been added at all in Bihar and Uttarakhand.

  • India urged to consider climate change too in hydropower planning

    Stating that generation of hydropower from top seven projects in India has suffered due to climate variability in the past six decades, a new research report has warned that future projected climate change may also hit reservoir operation for power generation from these projects.

    The government must consider changes occurring due to climate change while planning new hydropower projects, the study carried out by researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology-Gandhinagar, has said.

Nine of the 10 worst global risks are linked to water

Water is one of the world’s gravest risks, according to the Global Risks Report published earlier this week at the World Economic Forum in Davos. And the situation is actually worse than it might seem at first glance.