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Tamil Nadu: Packaged water makers on indefinite strike over crackdown on units 29.5.2017
Chennai: The acute water shortage in the city is expected to worsen as the Greater Tamil Nadu Packaged Drinking Water Manufacturers Association, which supplies more than 1.60 crore litres of water per day, declared an indefinite strike on Sunday. “Thirty-three licensed units in Madhavaram were shut down recently and several companies in Chennai, Thiruvallur and Kancheepuram received a notice to stop drawing ground water as the levels have receded. We only take the water for the benefit of the public and the authorities do this to us,” said A. Shakespeare, Founder Chairman of Greater TN Packaged Drinking Water Manufacturers Association. He added that GST has imposed 18% tax on the bubble tops as opposed to no tax earlier. “The cost will escalate by Rs 15, so a bottle would cost Rs 55-60 after July 1,” he said. The members of the association have appealed for a meeting with the govt and the strike will only be lifted when the officials meet their demands (permission to draw water and waive off GST). ...
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Drought impact higher due to mismanagement: Waterman 29.5.2017
Chennai: Dr Rajendra Singh is a renowned water conservationist from Rajasthan who won the Stockholm Water Prize, an award known as ‘the Nobel Prize for water’, in 2015. Dr Rajendra Singh  referred to as ‘Waterman of India’, shares his thoughts  and on water scarcity in Tamil Nadu and means to overcome it. What kind of a model would be suitable for Tamil when it comes to conserving water and increasing retention capacity? TN is a prosperous state, but due to paddy cultivation that is not kept in check the crop pattern, and also high extraction of water for various purposes than the replenishment, there is a shortage of water.  Drought impact is higher due to mismanagement of available water. Lakes are not maintained properly and sewer water mixing with water in lakes goes unchecked. What is the need of the hour in TN? Community members, government, technocrats and activists need to work together to bring about effective management of water. Each stakeholder should know his role and responsibility, which ...
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Many sectors in city face water crisis 29.5.2017 The Tribune
Tribune  news service Chandigarh, May  28 The water crisis continued for the third consecutive day in the city as residents did not receive  normal supply  today also.  The residents living on the upper floors of the houses and the housing societies were the worst hit as they did not receive water.  While the officers of the Municipal  Corporation claimed  to have rectified the breakage that  occurred in the two pipelines of phase IV of the Kajauli Waterworks, the normal supply was yet to  be started. Sunil, a resident  of Sector  44- D, said there  was no water supply in his house, which was on his  second floor,  for the last  three  days. He said he did not get proper response from the officials when he told them about the problem. He said he did not receive any tanker despite making call to the  officers. Major  RS  Gujral, president,  Welfare Association, Sector 35, said the  sector  was facing water problem for many  days. There are complaints of muddy water too in the area. Another resident of the ...
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With The Long-Haired Boys 29.5.2017 Opinion – The Indian Express
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Doaba gets its lifeline, the Bist-Doab canal 29.5.2017 The Tribune
It was the year 1937 and due to continuous drought for many years, the serene Bist Doab area, situated between the Beas and Satluj rivers, turned into a parched land. Due to the construction of Sirhind canal, Satluj was reduced to being a small river. A hue and cry was raised by the farmers of the area and with the beginning of the Kisan Kirti movement, the demand for a separate river canal for Doaba began to be raised. Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 28 It was the summer of 1954 when hundreds of people from village Kangniwal and other adjoining villages gathered on the banks of the Bist-doab canal constructed recently in their area. The officials from the water and irrigation department came to them in the morning and informed that water would be released that day in the canal. To witness the historic movement, people suffering from severe drought and water scarcity for the last many years in the Doaba region, rushed to the canal passing through their village. Among them was Chiranji ...
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Packaged water unit suspend operations 29.5.2017 The Hindu - Tamil Nadu
Drinking water crisis of a different kind in the city
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Schoolchildren spend summer digging water percolation pits 28.5.2017 Mangalore - City - The Times of India
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Water woes haunt Hastinapuram residents 28.5.2017 thehansindia3900
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After government crackdown, packaged water units in Chennai go on strike 28.5.2017 TOI: Chennai
Around 350 packaged water units in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Thiruvallur will suspend operation from 6pm on Sunday, said V Murali, patron of Greater Tamil Nadu Packaged Drinking Water Manufacturers Association.
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Gurugram: Basai pipeline burst leads to water crisis in old city 28.5.2017 Gurgaon - City - The Times of India
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No respite from heat, as summer nears end 28.5.2017 TOI: Goa
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Repair continues, so do people’s woes 28.5.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Bathinda, May 27 The repair work to plug in the breach in the water channel going from Sirhind Canal to Shergarh continued today. Even the condition of the sullage carrier deteriorated. Municipal Corporation Bathinda (MCB) officials are working to plug in the breach by putting sand bags on the banks of the sullage carrier. The motors of the carrier were also stopped. With this, 80 lakh gallons of water, which goes into the sewerage pipes daily, was saved but it flooded half of the city. The MCB has also stopped the water supply from the past two days, leaving the city as well as 35 villages without water. MCB XEN Kishore Bansal, SDO Raman Kumar, Rajinder Kumar and Sukhmander said the sullage carrier breach would be repaired in 24 hours. The administration is trying to repair the breach area and release the water at the earliest, but the 15-km stretch of water channel from Bibiwala to Phulokheri is in a bad condition and with the flow of water increasing in the channel, it can get ...
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Just weeding Bellandur lake will not help: Saldanha 27.5.2017 Deccan Herald - City
Environment Support Group convener Leo Saldanha said the NGT was passing orders for quick-fix solutions as officials have failed to communicate the extent of the crisis in Bellandur lake. "Closing down industries alone will not save Bellandur lake. Solid waste is dumped in stormwater drains. How can we expect the sewage treatment plants to work when the water they handle has so much of solid waste?" he asked. Saldanha said clearing weeds does more harm than good. "Don't look at hyacinth as a disease. Hyacinth draws the excess nutrition in water. It basically treats sewage water. If you remove all weeds, then you are letting raw sewage into water," he said. "I appeal to the NGT to consider the Justice N K Patil report which suggested lining the 840 km of storm water drains with trees, bamboos and grass shrubs. These will absorb all the waste, allowing only clean water to pass," he said. He said every programme of the government agencies in saving lakes showed how incompetent officials have been in ...
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Groundwater hits a low in A.P. 27.5.2017 Hindu: National
Excess use by farms the ‘prime cause’
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Ballari corporation to improve drinking water supply facilities 27.5.2017 Hindu: National
The city corporation has proposed improvements to the existing infrastructure facilities to fill up the Allipur reservoir expeditiously and ease the drinking water crisis facing the city at present.Th...
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Mumbai: Private firm roped in for Surya scheme 27.5.2017 Free Press Journal: Mumbai
Mumbai: Seven years after the project idea was finalised, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority’s
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'Pity Gadag continues to face water crisis, despite Cong govt' 26.5.2017 Deccan Herald - State
For the past seven decades Gadag district has been reeling under acute drinking water crisis. In spite of Congress administration, there has been no permanent drinking water scheme in place to address the issue. Drinking water is being supplied once in two months to the twin cities of Gadag-Betageri, said B S Yeddyurappa, BJP state unit president. He was addressing the BJP workers at the Sangolli Rayanna Circle, where the party had organised a massive protest against the failure of the government in addressing the drinking water crisis and hike in the property tax by the City Municipal Council, here on Friday. Yeddyurappa said that it was a misfortune to note that the situation had gone out of control in District In-charge Minister H K Patil's constituency. "In order to teach the government a lesson, citizens should not vote H K Patil to power. The government continues to sleep over the crisis and will not wake up unless the citizens protest. I will protest every day till the demand is met," he ...
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Roundup: Mahajan at Dawood's kin's wedding, Rohit Shetty plans unique padyatra and more 26.5.2017 theweek3939
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DC's Gamechangers: Shivakumar - This Varuna harvests the rain 26.5.2017
A.R. Shivakumar's has championed sustainable living for years and his charming, brick-walled home, Sourabha, in Vijayanagar, is at the epicentre of his life's work. The Principal Investigator of the Rainwater Harvesting Project with the Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology, A.R. Shivakumar hasn't paid a water bill in years! Not a drop goes to waste in his home's rainwater harvesting system, with the water being used for all purposes aside from drinking. "A 40x60 site in Bengaluru receives about 2 lakh litres of rainwater during a normal monsoon. This can be stored for domestic use and to recharge groundwater." And it can be done, too. Shivakumar has designed rainwater harvesting plants for the Vidhana Soudha and the High Court, making both buildings completely self-sufficient. "Bengaluru receives 21 TMC of rain each year and the BWSSB draws 19 TMC from the Cauvery. Harvesting even half our rainwater might free us of shortages." Sourabha was built in 1994 and its rainwater harvesting system ...
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Tamil Nadu: Looming crisis drives govt hospital to seek metro water help 26.5.2017
Chennai: With the city not getting rains yet, this year, hospitals like the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital (RGGGH) has been forced to seek the help of the metro water for assistance to cater to the needs of the over 10,000 patients it sees every day. Stating that the issue of water shortage is the biggest problem the hospital faces, a source at the hospital, said, “We sought help from metro water which has started giving us a large supply of water. In the case of a shortage, we tend to get water from lorries as well.” The metro water that the hospital would earlier use in the wash areas is now being used for cooking purposes as well as in operation theatres and the intensive care units. “The hospital depends on metro water to a large extent. On Thursday itself, 26 loads of water were supplied to them. On a general basis, if the water supply is very comfortable, the hospital would need not more than 20 loads, however, as the heat is getting worse and the city is seeing no rains at all, the need ...
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