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Availability of Surface and Ground Water 24.7.2014 Govt of india: PIB
Central Water Commission has assessed the average annual water availability in the country as 1869 Billion Cubic Meters (BCM).
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Late monsoon and its impact: be it essential items for the farm or non-essential items for the house, rural India is cutting down or holding back 24.7.2014 ET: Indicators
Rural sales are not a write off yet, but early signs show a pullback, one that could intensify if the rains fall short of farmer needs.
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Despite water cuts, Wadia College has ample of water 21.7.2014 DNA: Urban Tales
Pune: When the entire city is reeling with water cuts, Nowrosjee Wadia College Campus including Ness Wadia Building, College of Engineering, boys and girls hostel are unaffected by water cuts. Thanks to the college's rain water harvesting project started four years back, which has a well developed borewell network catering to the needs of 15,000 students.   "In the time of water crisis like this we are relying on open wells and bore wells of the campus, which recharged all throughout the year. We no longer depend on the corporation water for any domestic use," said Modern Education Society's (MES) secretary Dr M. N. Andar "The rain water harvesting project has recharged the two bore wells and one open well in the campus. The groundwater is used for the domestic needs for toilets, gardening, cooking, lab requirements and hostel needs total to 50-55 thousand liters per day." said Abhay Hake, Vice Principal of MES College of Engineering. The total water requirement of the 5 -6 residential quarters and ...
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Now, a national body to upgrade skill of civil engineers 13.7.2014 India News, Latest News in India, Live News India, India Breaking News - Times of India
The government will set up a National Academy of Public Works at Ghaziabad to take up skill upgradation of civil ...
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Best holiday reads 2014 - top authors recommend their favourites 12.7.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Summer picks from Nick Hornby, Hilary Mantel, Philip Pullman and others

I loved Akhil Sharma's novel Family Life (Faber) because it feels emotionally true. I also loved Daughters Who Walk This Path by Yejide Kilanko (Pintail), a debut novel set in western Nigeria, which on the surface is about a young woman coming of age, but is really an exploration of social taboos, gender and family. I have just started reading  and am really enjoying Lily King's novel Father of the Rain (Atlantic); it's so well done.

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Harvesting rain will keep water cut problems at bay for these societies 3.7.2014 DNA: India
Pune: While most residential societies are facing water shortage after the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) cut water supply to once a day, there are some societies in the city which are still getting ample water, all thanks to rainwater harvesting. According to the residents of such societies, even in the acute water shortage scenario, they do not have to be dependent on water tankers. The activists in this field have urged other societies to follow rainwater harvesting which can solve their water supply problems in the future. Even in the first week of July, the sky in Pune is still clear and there are no signs of rain. As all the four dams, Khadakwasala, Panshet, Warasgaon and Temghar have very little water, Pune Municipal Corporation has decided to cut water supply. From June 28, civic administration has started supplying water only once a day due to which citizens from many parts of the city are facing water shortage. However, some have water supply for nearly 24 hours a day. Archiebelle society on ...
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'State of the art' Mumbai Metro suffers leakage due to rain in first month 2.7.2014 DNA: Recent Columns
State of the art Mumbai Metro gave city what suburban railway could not in its historic existence. It gave the citizens travelling an opportunity for a 'rain dance' – as many tweets that went viral stated for the pouring it gave them from its Air Conditioning ducts.   Tweets and comments that went viral soon after even called it metro's humble attempt at 'rain water harvesting' – something city often discussed but never got down to doing to resolve its water woes. The city's first heavy showers that until recently exposed ill preparedness of the civic and railway authorities poked holes in a service that went over ground too.    Some tweets did not express surprise while stating that the trains were "China made". Metro train started giving out rain water instead of fresh air from the air-conditioning system at around 11 am on Thursday morning, when it was pouring all over Mumbai. But GUYS. Buy one #MumbaiMetro ticket, and get a water park ride free! YAY! pic.twitter.com/1TM8KUMejs — Aniruddha Guha ...
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Delhi govt sanctions 10 school building projects 2.7.2014 TOI: Cities
Delhi government has sanctioned 10 senior secondary school building projects at various locations in Delhi, construction work of which will start within two months ...
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Fearing weak rains, Indian cotton farmers switch to high-yield seeds 12.6.2014 ET: Agriculture
Some farmers are also raising cotton acreage as the crop is generally less water-intensive, a trend that will help increase output and pressure global prices.
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Modi strikes non-partisan note, says will take opposition along 12.6.2014 TOI: India
Striking a conciliatory chord, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached across the aisles in Parliament promising to engage states in "cooperative federalism" and said he would not like to progress without the opposition's ...
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Pay rebate to those harvesting rainwater, says Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) chief 6.6.2014 DNA: India
Pune: After receiving several complaints from citizens claiming that they are not getting a rebate even after implementing rainwater harvesting, Pune municipal commissioner Vikas Deshmukh has taken cognizance of these complaints. On Thursday he issued orders to concerned officials to prepare a report on the number of applications which are pending.  Recently dna had carried out a campaign on rainwater harvesting and in the last seminar which was attended by Deshmukh, some participants had said that they were not getting rebates despite harvesting water. Deshmukh had assured them he would resolve the issue.  On Thursday, he issued an order to the property tax department to take immediate action on the applications for rebate. Speaking to dna, Deshmukh said, “Today, I have given orders to the head of the property tax department to prepare a report on the number of applications received for the rebate following rainwater harvesting. I have also instructed that after the report is prepared, rebate to the ...
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Seminar at MCCIA draws attention to groundwater dip and the need for conserving rainwater in Pune 31.5.2014 DNA: Opinion
Pune: Even after the phenomenal rainfall last year, the groundwater level at 15 talukas of Pune district has depleted. According to experts, the only solution to improving groundwater levels is by recharging water.  They stressed that merely restoring water wasn’t enough but must adopt rainwater harvesting methods. With the ever-growing population there may not be enough water for everyone.  Experts from the fields of water restoration, industry and civic administration shared their views on the same at a seminar conducted by dna in association with Mahratta Chamber of Commerce Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA). Pune municipal commissioner Vikas Deshmukh, additional director of Groundwater Surveys and Development Agency (GSDA) Suresh Khandale, deputy director general of MCCIA Wg Cdr (Retd) Shalak Gandhi and Col (Retd) Shashikant Dalvi, director of Parjanya, a rainwater harvesting consultancy shared their views.  During his presentation, Khandale said, “Approximately only 10 per cent of groundwater is ...
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50,000 rain water harvesting structures to come up in Chennai 30.5.2014 TOI: Cities
Stepping up efforts for water conservation, Tamil Nadu government will set up 50,000 rain water harvesting structures at various places in the ...
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Rainwater harvesting seminar in Pune explains the significance of conserving rain water 30.5.2014 DNA: Popular News
Pune: From 95 lakh in the 2011 population census, the total number of people living in Pune district is expected to cross one crore by the end of 2014. While the head count has grown exponentially, the need for water resources has also inflated. In fact, the groundwater continues to get depleted.  Experts from various fields of water conservation suggest in unison that rainwater harvesting is the need of the hour. Every citizen has to contribute to ensure that water is enough for the growing population. In order to promote practices of rainwater harvesting, dna has initiated a campaign. Under the campaign, a seminar had been organised in association with Mahratta Chamber of Commerce Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA) at Moolgaokar hall, ICC tower at the Senapati Bapat Road on Thursday. Prominent speakers include Pune Municipal Commissioner Vikas Deshmukh, assistant director of Groundwater Surveys and Development Agency (GSDA) Suresh Khandale, director of Parjanya rainwater harvesting consultancy firm Col ...
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Wash this! 30% of water in city wasted due to spillage 29.5.2014 DNA: Popular News
Pune: Do you often complain that the water supply to your area is too less? If yes, you would be surprised to know that barring a few fringe areas of the city, most water ‘auditors’ concur that housing societies in Pune receive an average of 150 litres a day per person. If you are living in traditional Pune i.e. Peth areas, it could be upto 350 litres per day. The World Health Organisation (WHO) mandates only 135 litres per day. The excess water is literally going down the drain. Water audit firms across the city say that while there is a dire need of water conservation, nearly 20 to 30 percent of the water supplied is wasted in losses owing to leaking pipes, malfunctioning of water faucets and accidental water spillages. Water auditor A K Jindal who has conducted an audit of over 50 housing societies said, “In the residential complexes that use borewell, an average of 20 to 30 percent loss of water is because of poor maintenance of water supply systems like old and leaky pipes and leaking household ...
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10% of rains add to ground water 29.5.2014 DNA: Popular News
PUNE: Groundwater recharge and movement is dependant on the structure of soil beneath ground level, along with the amount of rain and percolation area available, states a geological and topographical study. While the state provides 40 per cent of flat terrains for percolation of rain water, there is presence of 82 per cent of hard basalt rocks in the sub-structures, which block groundwater recharge and movement. Pune city lies in the basalt rock area which has low porosity, resulting in just 10 per cent of rain water percolation. “The city has a varied ground water level where the main areas of Swargate, Satara Road, Tilak Road and the neighbouring areas have groundwater at 1 to 2 meter from the ground level. Fringe areas such as Baner, Pashan, Undri and NIBM Road have ground water at 6 to 7 meter deep,” said Suresh Khandale, additional director of Groundwater Surveys and Development Agency (GSDA). The rain water harvesting systems to recharge groundwater are suitable to gradually increase the level. ...
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Rainwater harvesting will combat water shortage 26.5.2014 DNA: Top News
Pune: If you want to preserve water for the future, you should learn to conserve it now. A handful of residents have realised how importance it really is. And today, they are not only saving water but also a lot of money, which until a few years ago was spent on water tanks. Vijay Bhave, a resident of Karvenagar, opted for a rainwater harvesting system simply because he just could not see the monsoon rain water being wasted. “I was self-sufficient when it came to water supply, as I had a bore well. However, I thought of using the excess water, which was being collected through rainwater harvesting for my hobby of vermiculture during summers,” he said. It cost Bhave Rs1.5 lakh to cover up an area of 3,200 sq ft on his roof top for the setup. “It’s been two years now, and I have seen a gradual increase in the level of water my borewell,” he said. However, it’s not a cakewalk for everyone who supports the concept of rainwater harvesting. For Archana Jorwekar, a resident of Gera Foliage society in ...
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This monsoon, make every drop count 25.5.2014 DNA: India
Pune: In the current scenario of growing population and urbanisation, fulfilling water requirements for everyone has become a tough challenge for the civic administration. Hence, it is high time that the citizens take up some responsibility to save water. The residents of Kalyaninagar set an example, not only by adopting rainwater harvesting (RWH) projects, but also creating awareness, which is a need of the hour when low-rainfall is predicted this monsoon. Realising the scare of water scarcity that is likely to affect us in the future, dna has initiated a campaign to create awareness about rainwater harvesting. Under the campaign, a RWH workshop was conducted in association with Kalyaninagar Residents Association (KNRA) at Joggers’ Park, Kalyaninagar on Friday. The workshop received an overwhelming response, as citizens from not only Kalyaninagar but from areas including Alandi Road, Chinchwad and even from Talegaon joined the campaign. Some police-rank officers too were present at the event to ...
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This monsoon, make every drop count in Pune 25.5.2014 DNA: Popular News
Pune: In the current scenario of growing population and urbanisation, fulfilling water requirements for everyone has become a tough challenge for the civic administration. Hence, it is high time that the citizens take up some responsibility to save water. The residents of Kalyaninagar set an example, not only by adopting rainwater harvesting (RWH) projects, but also creating awareness, which is a need of the hour when low-rainfall is predicted this monsoon. Realising the scare of water scarcity that is likely to affect us in the future, dna has initiated a campaign to create awareness about rainwater harvesting. Under the campaign, a RWH workshop was conducted in association with Kalyaninagar Residents Association (KNRA) at Joggers’ Park, Kalyaninagar on Friday. The workshop received an overwhelming response, as citizens from not only Kalyaninagar but from areas including Alandi Road, Chinchwad and even from Talegaon joined the campaign. Some police-rank officers too were present at the event to ...
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Kalyaninagar residents opt to save rainwater 24.5.2014 DNA: India
Pune: While below-normal rainfall has been predicted by the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the citizens of Kalyaninagar are already gearing up to create awareness about the importance of the Rain Water Harvesting. Apart from the the three Rs of water conservation ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’, a fourth and more import concept of Recharge was added on Friday, signifying the importance of rainwater harvesting (RWH). Considering the water shortage that the city is likely to face, dna have taken up an initiative to promote rainwater harvesting in the city. Under the campaign, a workshop was organised in association with Kalyaninagar Residents Association at the Kalyaninagar Joggers Park on Friday, that enjoyed an overwhelming response. At the workshop Col (Retd) Shashikant Dalvi, director of Parjanya, a rain water harvesting consultancy, President of KNRA DP Bhatia, and other citizens not only from Kalyaninagar, but also from other parts of the city participated. Explaining the importance of the RWH ...
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