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17 April 2014
ENVIRONMENT : WATER

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When a river is reduced to an adjective

The labelling of Arvind Kejriwal as ‘anti-Narmada’ by political cadres in Gujarat is only in keeping with a long-standing culture of discouraging any dialogue on the river itself and gagging dissent at large, says Himanshu Upadhyaya.

Government OP-ED GUJARAT

KISHENGANGA RULING
Lessons from the "other" Indo-Pak conflict
The award by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the dispute between India and Pakistan over the Kishenganga hydroelectric project has several dimensions that could hold important lessons for settling water disputes within the country, says Shripad Dharmadhikary.
Government J & K

WATER FOR MUMBAI
Travelling afar for solutions nearby
The plan to erect 12 dams in order to meet the water requirements of cities in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region is not only objectionable from an environmental perspective, but also undermines the priorities laid out by the 12th Five Year Plan. Shripad Dharmadhikary reports.
Environment MAHARASHTRA

WATER DIVERSION
Powerful forces get water for power
The construction of barrages to meet the water needs of thermal power plants in western Chattisgarh shows that irregularities involved in the allocation of this resource may be as large as the ones in coal allocation itself. Shripad Dharmadhikary throws light on the issue.
Environment Environmental Law and Regulation CHHATISGARH

FLOOD OR SUBMERGENCE
Villages devoured by rising waters
The extent of submergence of villages and farmland in the Narmada valley under the backwaters of Sardar Sarovar dam increases with successive monsoons. Himanshu Upadhyaya stresses the need for a more realistic and effective look at solutions to the woes of the region.
Environment Displacement

NO TO PRIVATISATION
MP town seeks to reclaim its right to water
An independent committee appointed by the state validates and upholds most of the objections raised by civil society against attempted privatisation of water supply in Khandwa. Shripad Dharmadhikary, Rehmat and Gaurav Dwivedi discuss the report.
Environment M.P.

CORRUPTION
'Maha' problems over minor irrigation
A tragic accident at the Chinchave Minor Irrigation Project in Maharashtra brings into focus long-simmering questions over the quality of minor irrigation works as well as the nexus between engineers and contractors. Parineeta Dandekar takes a look.
Public Funds Environment MAHARASHTRA

WATER RESOURCE PLANNING
River basin management: Missing the boat
The draft River Basin Management Bill 2012 has been crafted with good intentions but threatens to be counter-productive unless the critical need for decentralisation of power is addressed; a review by Shripad Dharmadhikary.
Environment Government

SARDAR SAROVAR PROJECT
NaMo Narmada: Who gains?
As elections draw closer, state rhetoric over the Sardar Sarovar dam heightening project is slowly reaching a crescendo as evident from various media reports, but who will finally benefit from the moves on the ground? Himanshu Upadhyaya asks some hard questions.
Government Displacement GUJARAT

WATER SECTOR GOVERNANCE
National Water Law needed, but not this!
Legislation to regulate and administer the country's water sector is a crying need, but the Draft National Water Framework Law recently submitted by the Alagh Committee is a disappointment. Shripad Dharmadhikary explains why.
Environmental Law and Regulation Laws

IN SEARCH OF POTABLE WATER
Why women in this village can't cook dal
If you keep water standing in a glass for a while here, it causes a stain around the rim. Pamela Philipose describes the tribulations and ordeal of women in Mamana village of Uttar Pradesh, as they fight to collect potable water everyday.
Environment U.P. Women

DYING WATER BODIES
Kerala loses its precious Kenis
Keni, the miraculous mini well of adivasis of Wayanad in Kerala, is well on its way to becoming a part of history - a victim of rapid environmental decline of this once bountiful state. Shree Padre reports.
Environment KERALA

MIRACLE BY GOVERNANCE
A village with 60 millionaires!
Once impoverished and drought-prone, Hiware Bazar in Maharashtra is a shining example of how a visionary leader can use good governance to make degraded areas resource-rich and transform the future of its people through empowerment and inspiration. Ramesh Menon reports.
Panchayats MAHARASHTRA Society
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EARLIER ARTICLES

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In support of a paradigm shift in water
The strange case of India's missing dams
Cauvery: Preferring politics to solutions
White Paper, or whitewash?
One state, but divergent demands
Shallow understanding of deep risks
Better, but needs more work
Going awry with the flow
Pushing to privatise
Back-pedaling the market mantra
Lessons from Chile's Water Code
Grand plans for the Ganga
Warding off the water woes
Greening the smaller towns
The Protocol of vested interests
Recognising the human right to water
Grid-free, on the horizon
How an ex-lecturer turned around the land
The bills we pay, and the ones we don't
The colour of water
End of Plachimada battle. Or is it?
How they pulled their farm back from the brink
Meandering an important course
First in RWH, but not self-reliant yet
Where Suvarna Jala fails, schools leap ahead
In Palakkad, ‘rain pond’ to the rescue
The wrecking sand dunes of upper Assam
Environment Report, 2009
The right to water: long road ahead
Drowning Himachalis, pampering Delhi
The empire flows again
Stagnant waters: Party manifestos offer little
World Water Forums: Time to end them
The unique water tunnel of Sheni
Incredible Medepally: so clean and green
Water privatisation: Start again
Water sector reforms: Time for a new model
Blessed by water
Bit by bit, he filled his well
Water is no pipe dream here
An uneven, but important journey
This bank deposits rain and draws water
High growth: In deep waters
'Relief' irrigation increasing worries for farmers
Inaction on panel findings against beverage major
A two-in-one well
Shedding the borewell dependency
Living under constant threat of eviction
College saves lakhs of rupees on water
That 'new type' house
Percolating young minds
A stream resumes year-round flow
Upper catchment, gains in the plains
Here a breach, there a breach
Fresh water scarcity demands fresh ideas
Rural water supply: The Hebballi experience
Some simple trenches
People's school for water literacy
Privatisation turns murkier in K East ward
Centre absent from water projects
A flawed model for water regulation
Going home with more than theerth
'Water deposit' revives open wells
Hope in the season of hopelessness
A fair price for water
Wells for the well-being
Water meters help consumers, suppliers
Development disconnected from research
He grew a forest only to harvest water
Wake up call on reservoir siltation nationwide
Soft-pedalling the cola ban
Grinding questions for a grand Authority
Unreasoned push for large storage projects
Well worth the change
Hydro-power guidelines flawed
Farmers' win in court boosts morale
Thirst for profit
The root of the solution
In the dam's waters they trust
Don't dig down
Will herders be heard?
Kerala: rain-blessed and short of water
Sponge bath future
Selling piped water or pipe dreams?
Coca Cola moving out of Plachimada?
Low-cost, these dams are lifelines
Dissent at home, as abroad, for Colas
Harvesting success in a troubled region
Paddling hard against the flow
A prescription that suits the doctor!
Top to bottom, water and soil
Confusing water rights with quotas
Rivers and plans off course
Faithfully harvesting the rain
Haryali: Not so green after all
Drought-proofed by traditional wisdom
Plenty on the roof
Water - heartening signs
Media campaign brings hope to desert
Water procession brings mindset change
1000 year-old tradition keeps them together
Save groundwater or ground democracy?
Advertising mirages to mask reality
Mining away the river
Mixed results for municipal water reforms
IIM Kozhikode runs on rainwater
Was the Bhakra dam worth it?
Rain or no rain, water for Coke
President Kalam, please listen
Chennai sucking up rural water
Karnataka inches forward in water harvesting
Researching turbulent waters
Rain barrels catalyse water harvesting
Reviving rural water bodies top-down
Once upon a Sankranti
Rajasthan's water sharing woes escalate
Slow progress towards sanitation
Rejuvenation of a hill range
Less water, more pumps
Local water: battle of scales
An election-year scarcity
Leaky rural water supplies
An eco-friendly Ganesh Utsav
Dying tanks, dwindling water
Water : the hidden export
Back to the good old ways
Water - a national conversation
Enough of inter-basin politics
Rural water, people first
Unseen waters
Saving water to feed the billions
Cauvery delta : a new reality
Kalpsar: a lake of wishes?
Unchecked pollution on the Periyar
Diverting a river, west to east
More substance, less fizz
Piloting water
Selling a watery euphoria
Rooted in paddy
Piped dreams
Water: the privatization debate
Interlinking? No, thanks
Linking lives, not rivers
Ending municipal water shortages
Stopping virtual water trade
Different state, same story
Beyond the cola wars
Networked ponds transform drylands
Managing water, staying afloat
Still looking to the skies
Tehri Dam - Verdict Awaited
The grey in Haryali
Interlinking rivers : Epitaph for the displaced
The ties that bind and grow
Interlinking: Needs to be publicly debated - III
Urban Water: Judicial recipes falling short
Interlinking: Salvation or folly?
Interlinking: Salvation or folly? - II
 

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