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STATUS OF GROUND WATER
Extraction exceeds recharge

Last month, the Bombay High Court passed an order to shift IPL matches scheduled for the month of May out of the state of Maharashtra.  The court cited an acute water shortage in some parts of the state for its decision. From PRS Legislative Research, answers to some basic questions about ground water and its depletion in our country.

Agriculture

THERMAL POWER PLANTS
New regulations welcome, but the proof will be in the eating
For the first time ever, new regulations from the environment ministry require coal-based thermal power plants to stick to legally binding limits for water consumption. Shripad Dharmadhikary examines the implications of these rules with respect to the water consumption limits of coal based power plants.
Environment Environmental Law and Regulation

WATER & ACCESSIBILITY
Hill women no longer panic over water scarcity
In many parts of rural India, women spend most of their time walking long distances to collect water for their household's needs. Nitin Jugran Bahuguna visits the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand where the women no longer have to worry about fetching water from long distances thanks to an intervention that has brought potable water right to their doorstep.
Women

NEW NATIONAL WATERWAYS
Losing our rivers to grand plans
As per the National Waterways Bill recently introduced in the Parliament, 101 stretches of rivers in the country will be declared as National Waterways. There are many advantages of waterways but these advantages will be realised only when certain conditions are met, and only under certain circumstances says Shripad Dharmadhikary.
Government opinions Economy

KARNATAKA IRRIGATION PROJECTS
15 years, and hardly any lessons learnt!
Successive audits of irrigation projects in Karnataka over the years, starting with a report from the CAG for the year ending 31 March 2001, have repeatedly pointed to missed targets, wasted expenditure and negligible benefits. Himanshu Upadhyaya presents the findings from the most recent audits.
Public Funds Government

KELKAR COMMITTEE REPORT ON MAHARASHTRA
Pursuing development: The perils of the beaten track
The report of a high level committee led by Vijay Kelkar to promote balanced development in Maharashtra has several important recommendations. But will it all come to nought because of its failure to avoid a few conventional pitfalls? Shripad Dharmadhikary explores.
Agriculture Economy Government Poverty MAHARASHTRA

BHADRESHWAR THERMAL POWER PROJECT
A continuous struggle between ‘power’ and the people
In yet another contested environmental approval decision, a 300-MW power plant in Gujarat has been granted changes in technology, relaxing certain original conditions, without any public consultation. Kanchi Kohli reports on the grievances of the local people.
Energy Environment Environmental Law and Regulation

NEW INITIATIVE
Defining, celebrating and protecting our rivers
India Rivers Week held in November 2014 was a first-of-its-kind gathering in New Delhi, which celebrated rivers and those trying to protect them, while charting out a road map to mitigate the threats they confront. Shripad Dharmadhikary reports on the proceedings.
Environmental Hazards Environment Government

INDO-BHUTAN ENERGY COOPERATION
Hydropower in the land of Gross National Happiness
The immense untapped potential of hydropower generation in Bhutan has led to several major projects in the offing, with varying degrees of Indian involvement. However, Shripad Dharmadhikary finds a steady rise in voices questioning their impact on the Himalayan environment.
Energy Trade Environment

RIVER REJUVENATION
If the Ganga is so hot, can the Yamuna be far behind?
With the thrust on rejuvenation of the Ganga by the Narendra Modi-led government, rivers in India have become the focus of attention from several international players. Manoj Misra points out how this may explain some recent statements from the government's partner in Yamuna restoration, the Japan International Cooperation Agency.
Environment Government Opinions

GANGA REJUVENATION
Preparing the framework for a new Ganga vision
A Consortium of 7 IITs is working on a plan that will form the basis for the long-term vision for the government’s much-talked about Ganga rejuvenation programme. Shripad Dharmadhikary reviews an initial summary released by the Consortium as the framework within which the final plan will be drawn up.
Environment Government

RIVERFRONT DEVELOPMENT
Do we really need Gujarat’s Sabarmati model?
When river restoration translates merely into cosmetic beautification of its ‘front’, real estate and urban elite are the only ones to gain at the cost of the larger river ecology. Amruta Pradhan discusses the Sabarmati Riverfront Development project and others inspired by it to highlight the risks in the model.
Public Funds Urban Environment

GANGA WATERWAY
Reviving the Ganga, at the cost of its ecology!
The Rs 6300-crore plans for development of the Ganga waterway from Allahabad to Haldia should be undertaken only after meticulous examination of its impact on various elements of river ecology. Debadityo Sinha explains why.
Bio Diversity Environmental Hazards Environment
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