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Maharashta Drought: Breaking the Sugar Shackles

The fact that the state’s most drought-prone regions have continued to devote precious resources for highly water-intensive sugarcane cultivation and sugar production indicates that there is more to...

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WORLD WATER DAY 2013: INDIA AND SOUTH ASIA: FROM CONFLICT TO CO-OPERATION

This World Water Day comes in year which has been declared as the “International Year of Water Cooperation” by the United National General Assembly. In addition, the UN has proclaimed the decade...

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Drought engineered by state govt

Drought engineered by state govt: expert DNA Correspondent; March 24, 2013 The current drought situation in the state has been engineered by the state government, which has diverted water to cash...

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Hydropower at the Cost of Drinking Water?

Even as the state faces one of the most severe droughts in recent history, the irrigation department continues to divert water from the water-deficient Krishna valley to the water-surplus region of...

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Fish Ladders: Do they Work??

During the last few months several contradictory facts have been surfacing about fish ladders. Fish Ladders are small elevated steps or passes made in dams, with water releases to enable fish to...

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Build them Higher and Higher!!

This week, there was news that Nepal and India have agreed to ‘strengthen’ the embankments on shared rivers like Bagmati, Kamla and Khando in a bid to control floods. “Both the countries have already...

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How is 2012-13 Maharashtra Drought worse than the one in 1972?

Maharashtra is facing one of the worst droughts this year. Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar as well as Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan have said that this year’s drought is worse drought than...

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India Water Week 2013: Another evidence of MoWR working like a big dam lobby?

India Water Week 2013 Another evidence of MoWR working like a big dam lobby? It is well known that India’s water resources ministry in India and its offices like the CWC and NWDA work more like a big...

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Bhima Water Crisis: Genesis and Way forward

Introduction Two weeks back I visited these farmers protesting at Azad Maidan and requesting for water to be released to canals (Right and Left Bank Canals of Ujani dam) for the Solapur district for...

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HC asks Maharashtra Govt to release water for Ujani: But will it help the...

Through its order on April 9, 2013 the Mumbai High Court has asked Maharashtra Govt to release water from upstream dams to  Ujani dam for mitigating drought in Solapur. The decision is welcome if the...

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Latest meeting of Committee of Secretaries: Govt of India pushes unviable...

Latest meeting of Committee of Secretaries Govt of India pushes unviable hydro projects in North East Without due process   In a recently held meeting (see the latest updates on this issue from...

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How Efficient is Maharashtra’s Sugarcane Crop?

That question may sound slightly irreverent and irrelevant. Maharashtra is the highest sugar producing state of India. Its sugarcane yield in 2011-12 was 80.1 t/ha, compared to the yield of 59.6 t/ha...

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Why Solapur, Sugarcane and Sustainability do not rhyme?

As I build this dam I bury my life. The dawn breaks There is no flour in the grinding stone. I collect yesterday’s husk for today’s meal ____ The dam is ready It feeds their sugarcane fields Making...

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LAKHWAR DAM PROJECT: Why the project should not go ahead

PRESS STATEMENT ON WORLD EARTH DAY: APRIL 22, 2013     We the signatories to this statement would like to bring some key issues to the attention of all concerned on the proposed Lakhwar Dam Project on...

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How much does the Kasturirangan Committee understand about Water Issues in...

The Ministry of Environment and Forests constituted the Western Ghats Experts Ecology Panel (WGEEP) in March 2010 under the Chairmanship of Prof. Madhav Gadgil. The Panel submitted its report on 31st...

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Kalu Dam in Western Ghats: FAC goes back on its word without any justification

Through an unfortunate and short sighted decision, the Forest Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Environment and Forests has gone back on its decision of rejecting Forest Clearance to Kalu Dam that...

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EAC rejects 2 VIDC projects from Buldhana for Violations

Expert Appraisal Committee, MoEF refuses to consider 2 VIDC projects from Buldhana for Environment Clearance siting violations During its last meeting on 22-23rd March 2013, Expert Appraisal Committee...

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Dams, Rivers and People Feb-March 2013 Edition

How is the 2012-13 drought worse than the one in 1972? The present drought in Maharashtra is dubbed as being worse than the one in 1972. This article conclusively proves that these critical conditions...

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Damocracy: “The world is killing its rivers!!”

http://damocracy.org/?portfolio=damocracy-the-movie A fantastic documentary shattering the myths of Large Dams as sources of clean energy, Damocracy takes a documentary to the next level. It talks...

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Prof. Madhav Gadgil writes to Dr. Kasturirangan

Open Letter sent by Prof. Madhav Gadgil to Dr. Kasturirangan on the High Level Working Group Report on WGEEP and Western Ghats.  17 May 2013 Dear Dr. Kasturirangan, JBS Haldane, the celebrated 19h...

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