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Gujarat: Equipment quality, enrolling farmers risks for KUSUM scheme 14.8.2018 DNA: Mumbai
Quality of solar pumps and getting farmers on board are the two key risks for the success of the net-metered solar pumps, according to an analysis by Greenpeace India, Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute (GERMI) and IWMI-Tata Water Policy Program. The analysis, which was released at a conference earlier this week, showed that India could surpass its solar power target of 100 GW by 2022 if solar pumps were to replace traditional water pumps in farms. It said that while the 60 GW target for large-scale solar power projects is on track, the 40 GW target for roof-top solar is still to gather momentum, and as of March, only 2.4 GW roof-top capacity had been installed. While talking about several benefits the solar pumps could provide, the analysis identified the quality of solar pumps and maintenance as a key potential risk for the success of net-metered solar pumps. Incidentally, the central government had recently launched KUSUM (Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthan Mahaabhiyan) scheme to promote ...
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Despite Centre, Maharashtra crackdown, 75,000 daily wage sand miners work without safety measures 13.8.2018 DNA: India
Raghunath Bartade watched helplessly as his brother was dragged off the sand-mining boat, his leg tangled in the anchor rope and his arms flailing as he sank into the murky creek near Mumbai. Moments earlier, Raghunath and Babban Bartade had been dredging sand by hand from the bottom of the creek - an often deadly trade that fuels the nation’s booming construction industry, and continues despite an official crackdown. "We found his body within minutes," said Bartade, adding that he has witnessed several incidents of drowning since he began mining sand 13 years ago. "The miners usually drift away in the water and their body surfaces days later," he said, standing outside his hut in Bharatpada village in Palghar district adjoining Mumbai on a rainy afternoon with his brother's children hovering close by. Babban's death in June came a year after a Thomson Reuters Foundation investigation revealed workers were drowning while illegally mining sand in Vasai Creek, one of the two main distributaries of the ...
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NGT orders closure and action on 124 industries polluting rivers in Uttar Pradesh 8.8.2018 DNA: India
The National Green Tribunal on Wednesday ordered closure and registration of cases against 124 industrial units which are polluting the Kali, Krishna and Hindon rivers in six districts of western Uttar Pradesh. Observing that people have a fundamental right to clean air and water, a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel directed the district magistrates of these six districts to submit an action plan for providing potable water to the villagers in a time bound manner. The green panel directed the UP government to immediately seal all hand pumps which are discharging contaminated water and also sought an action plan to clean the Kali, Krishna and Hindon rivers. The tribunal asked the state government to devise health benefit schemes for persons suffering from ailments caused due to drinking polluted water. Advocate Gaurav Kumar Bansal, appearing for the petitioner NGO Doaba Paryavaran Samiti, said due to lackadaisical approach of the authorities, the children were forced to drink water ...
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In Pics: From flooding Nalanda Hospital to submerging Dy CM Sushil Modi's home, a look at Patna's floody Sunday 29.7.2018 DNA: India
Heavy rains brought Bihar’s capital city Patna to a standstill, with cases of waterlogging being reported from hospital complexes, as well as inside the home of deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi. In fact, the flooding had reached such a point that video grabs of fish swimming on the floor of Nalanda Medical College Hospital (NMCH) in Patna. #WATCH : Fish seen in the water logged inside the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Nalanda Medical College Hospital (NMCH) in Patna following heavy rainfall in the city. #Bihar pic.twitter.com/oRCnr6f0UJ — ANI (@ANI) July 29, 2018 Earlier on Sunday, a road caved at an under construction site in Patna on Sunday, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar took stock of the situation and assured strict action, if a case of official negligence emerges. The road caved in on Bailey road due to heavy downpour and waterlogging. Kumar, who reached the incident spot, said that a thorough study will be conducted in order to avoid such incidents in future. "This is a 100 year-old-road ...
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Shedhi canal repairs still on, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation to supply bore well water 11.7.2018 DNA: India
Starting this summer, the city stopped receiving a 200 MLD water supply from Shedhi canal. There was reportedly a breach in the canal, and due to the ongoing repair work, water supply can only be resumed by June end. To compensate for this water shortage, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) continued acquiring water from bore wells. For one more month, the AMC will have to resort to groundwater for supplies. For this, the civic body is going to fetch water for 12 hours continuously. "Supply from the Shedhi canal has been delayed further by a month. So we have to depend on water from bore wells for that month. Shedhi canal is the main source of water for the Raska water treatment plant. From Raska treatment plant, AMC gets 250 MLD water," said a senior civic body official. "Constant use of groundwater has pushed the water level down from 15 feet to 18 feet. Due to delay in the onset of monsoons, the situation is likely to get worse if we continue extracting groundwater," said a civic official. In ...
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Examining the impact of MSP 9.7.2018 DNA: Bangalore
Examining the impact of MSP
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'Solar farming' raises profits for Dhundi village farmers 9.7.2018 DNA: Money
While the state might have recently launched the Suryashakti Kisan Yojana (SKY) for farmers to generate solar power, nine farmers from Dhundi village of Kheda district have been practicing solar farming ever since they launched Dhundi Solar Energy Producers' Cooperative Society around two years ago. The village, as a result, became an example for energy minister, Saurabh Patel, who visited the village before launching SKY. "The village had implemented the scheme almost two years ago. Before announcing the scheme, I visited the village to meet these farmers," said Patel. In May 2016, nine farmers became solar entrepreneurs and launched DSEPCS, which transformed their lives. "We used to spend Rs 25,000 a year on the diesel-run pump to fetch water for farms. After installing the solar grid panels in the farms, we are earning Rs 65,000 a year through clean energy while also saving money," Pravin parmar, secretary of DSEPCS. DSEPCS was a pilot project created as part of a field research by the International ...
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Mars valleys were created by run-off rainwater, claims new study 1.7.2018 DNA: Mumbai
Contours seen on Mars may have been created by run-off rainwater, say scientists who found that branching angles of the valleys on the red planet were very similar to those found in arid landscapes on Earth. The surface of Mars bears imprints of structures that resemble fluvial steam networks on Earth. Scientists therefore assume that there must have been once enough water on the red planet to feed water streams that incised their path into the soil. For years, however, scientists have been debating the source from which this water must have originated. A study, published in Science Advances, suggests that the branching structure of the former river networks on Mars has striking similarities with terrestrial arid landscapes. Using statistics from all mapped river valleys on Mars, researchers conclude that the contours still visible today must have been created by superficial run-off of rainwater. Consequently, the influence of groundwater seepage from the soil can be excluded as a dominant process for ...
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Ahmedabad: Wastewater irrigation also leads to diarrhea! 27.6.2018 DNA: Recent Columns
A study has found that a large portion of Ahmedabad's farming population relies on water unsuitable for irrigation, which has had significant adverse health effects on them. The year long study covered 187 households from four communities that used surface water, groundwater and wastewater for irrigation. Apart from getting reports about the health of the households, the study also analysed the water samples for E.coli and found that in all the three water sources, the average E-coli numbers per 100 ml exceeded the international irrigation water standard. The study also found a positive correlation between irrigation water quality and incidence of diarrhea. The study found that the incidence of diarrhea in areas that used groundwater (7.92 episodes/1000 person-week) was lesser than those that used wastewater (13.1 episodes) and surface water (13.4 episode). Overall, the incidence of diarrhea in the study sample was 11.5 episodes/1,000 person-weeks. Based on the microbiological assessment, the average E. ...
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Coastal villagers fume over aquaculture 27.6.2018 Hindu: National
Increased salinity plagues 10 mandals, says official
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AAP Minister asks Centre to share reports on projects 27.6.2018 Hindu: Medicine & Research
Imran Hussain writes to Union Environment Ministry
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Tainted by uranium: On groundwater contamination 26.6.2018 Hindu: Home
The groundwater contamination across India must be probed, and safe sources identified
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Greater Noida: Khodna Khurd locals meet District Magistrate over proposed landfill 26.6.2018 DNA: Money
Several residents of the Khodna Khurd village and its neighbouring areas met the District Magistrate (DM), on Monday, and raised their concerns over the construction of solid waste management site at the village saying that the newly proposed site is in violence of the Noida Authority’s master plan. The residents, in their letter submitted to the DM, said that the newly proposed site has not been selected in accordance with the waste management laws and as per the authority’s master plan. They also alleged that it will not only lead to the creation of a civic mess but will also cause of air, water and ground pollution and will also destroy the Surajpur wetland area. “The newly proposed site for the temporary disposal of solid waste from across the city will aggravate air pollution and will lead to groundwater contamination. The site is just 500 meters from the wetland which attracts thousands of birds every year,” said , an environmental activist and resident of Khodna Khurd. The residents further warned ...
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New Police Commissioner 25.6.2018 Hindu: News
TIRUNELVELI New Commissioner of Police Mahender Kumar Rathod has promised to put an end to the traffic rule violations and rash driving that pose ser
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Kiran Bedi on a mission to make Puducherry water rich 25.6.2018 Hindu: Home
Says there will be no overdrawing of groundwater beyond the permitted level
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When the hills go thirsty 24.6.2018 DNA: Top News
It is summertime and Shimla is a busy place. There are travellers to be checked-in, woollens to be sold at discounted 'summer' prices and tourists waiting to be shown around the mountain vistas. But, there is one thing whose mention is enough for everyone to pause and reflect on — water or the lack of it. There is an unconcealed unanimity across government offices, hotels and homes in the hill town, commercial establishments on the famous Mall Road and villages on the outskirts that the water crisis this summer is the worst that Shimla has ever faced. While the scarcity has always reared its head each summer, locals and experts admit that the acute crisis, which lasted over three weeks between May 20 and June 12, is unprecedented. "We did not have water for 15 days at a stretch. It was an ordeal for all of us in the neighbourhood. It was especially hard on all the women as taps ran dry even at the public toilets. We had to send our kids to relatives' homes in other cities," said Soma Jaiswal, 77, a ...
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On the banks of Iruvazhinji river, residents live in fear 24.6.2018 Hindu: News
River walls cave in during heavy rain; houses on banks under threat of collapse
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DNA Jaipur 10th Anniversary: Technological quick-fixes not a solution, says Sunita Narain 23.6.2018 DNA: India
The challenge of environmental management, of water scarcity in a world which is today more and more in an age of climate change is that of an uncertain future of the most vulnerable.  The fact is that on one hand we are building in floodplains, destroying our water bodies and filling up our water channels. On the other hand, climate change is beginning to show its impact on the monsoon. It is leading to more rain in a fewer number of rainy days, as scientists have predicted. We now see more rain and more extreme rain events.  Last year, up to mid-August, data showed that India had 16 extremely heavy rain events, defined as rainfall over 244 mm in a day, and 100 heavy rain events, defined as rainfall between 124 to 244 mm in a day. This means that rain will become a flood. Worse, in Met records, the rain will be shown as normal, not recognising that it did not rain when it was most needed for sowing or that the rain came in just one downpour. It came and went. It brought no benefits. Only grief. This ...
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Fluoride-hit Rajupalem thirsts for a few pots of safe drinking water 22.6.2018 Hindu: National
One or two persons from every family suffer from fluorosis and are bedridden
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Blame game over attack on AAP MLA 22.6.2018 Hindu: Medicine & Research
Cong. accuses Sandoa of extortion
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