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NGT directs Delhi CS to hold meeting on rainwater harvesting in buildings 19.7.2018 PTI: All news
NGT directs Delhi CS to hold meeting on rainwater harvesting in buildings
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Bylaws on rainwater harvesting violated 9.7.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 8 Though the installation of rainwater harvesting system and recharge wells has been made mandatory by the MC, residents have not been following the guidelines. Following the building bylaws, the MC collects Rs 25,000 as security fee from every building owner before the commencement of construction. As per the rule, a building owner should install the rainwater harvesting system and recharge well and then get back his security money. It is a common practice among residents that they submit the security fee but do not install the rainwater harvesting system. They also don’t claim their security. With the ongoing practice, the government’s effort to boost the water table is not bringing any change. Civil society members seek such initiatives from major commercial establishments, clubs and hotels to encourage the residents to install rainwater harvesting systems. Dr AL Adlakha, eminent ENT surgeon, has written to the prominent clubs of the city for installation of water ...
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Rainwater harvesting system a mirage in Kaithal district 4.7.2018 The Tribune
Satish Seth  Kaithal, July 3 Despite fast depletion of groundwater levels, the concept of rainwater harvesting is yet to catch up in the state. The government has been repeatedly urging its departments and private institutions to instal the system on their premises, but there seems to be little impact on them. Sources said the rainwater harvesting systems installed on the premises of some of the government buildings were non-functional. Moreover, people were not aware of the importance of the practice. The Mini-Secretariat, the Districts Judicial Complex,   the Irrigation Department office and the Police Lines   were spread over huge areas, but these were yet to instal the system despite repeated directives by the government, they added. During a visit to Rajiv Gandhi Vidyut Sadan at Nav Grah Chowk here, it came to light that although the rainwater harvesting system had been installed a few years ago, it was non-functional  for long. The water channel   constructed to   carry rainwater to the  pipes laid ...
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IIM students’ study on depleting water table 1.7.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 30 A group of students from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Amritsar, have carried out a study on the depletion of groundwater in Manawala village near the city. Members of the team focused on the problem of farmers in the wake of depleting groundwater, besides lack of alternatives to harvest water in the area. The study also throws light on the aspect of minimum usage of lakes and ponds due to contamination. The team included Abhilash Reddy, Shreyasi Deore, N Sandeep Kumar, Shashank Raturi and Yamini Bose. Abhilash Reddy (27) says, “Depletion is such that the water available at the depth of 100 feet too is not fit for drinking or agriculture purposes. They have to dig around 400 feet to procure usable water.” “The farming community in the area is, traditionally, dependent upon the natural water resources to fullfil its agricultural needs. However, water contamination acts as a hurdle,” he adds. Students also came across lack of rainwater harvesting ...
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MC starts cleaning nullah 30.6.2018 The Tribune
Panchkula: The Municipal Corporation (MC), Panchkula, has deployed three earth-moving machines to clean the clogged nullah in Sector 19, which flows from Panchkula to Baltana. MC Commissioner Rajesh Jogpal also took up the matter of encroachment of the nullah by colonisers with the Mohali Deputy Commissioner (DC). Rajesh Jogpal sought their help in the cleaning the nullah from their side to prevent the accumulation of rainwater in houses in Sector 19.   The MC has constructed four rainwater harvesting pits and four more will be constructed in coming days in Sector 19.  TNS Youth found hanging from tree  Chandigarh: A youth was found hanging from a tree at the Mauli Jagran forest area on Friday afternoon. The police claimed that it was a case of suicide. Sources said local residents saw the victim, seems to be in his early-20s, hanging from a tree near Railway Colony in Mauli Jagran. The police was informed about the incident after which the body was shifted to a mortuary. The police have ruled out any ...
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Leave of P’kula MC staff cancelled 29.6.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Panchkula, June 28 Keeping in mind the monsoon season, Panchkula Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Jogpal has cancelled leave of the MC engineering wing staff.  Besides, they have been asked to gather at the MC office in Sector 14 within half  an hour of heavy rain. Jogpal said though a flood control room had been set up by the district administration, the MC was taking steps on its own to tackle the problem of waterlogging.  To find a solution to waterlogging in Sector 19, the MC Commissioner said they had constructed four rainwater harvesting pits and four more would be constructed in coming days. “The cleaning of nullahs in Sector 19 will start soon,” he said.  A senior MC official said Sector 19 was located on the border of Panchkula and Zirakpur. Colonisers in Zirakpur had closed the nullahs due to which the draining of rainwater from Panchkula to Zirakpur has reduced to the minimum, creating a flood-like situation in Sector 19 every year. “The MC has taken up the matter with the ...
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Jaisalmer Military Station to get a makeover to become 'smart' 19.6.2018 DNA: Wide Angle
While the state government has taken several initiatives under the Smart city Programme, now it is the Indian Army which has undertaken a similar initiative and started development of a military station. The development is expected to provide major boost to the local economy and aid ecological conservation and balance. The Jaisalmer Military Station is being developed into a Smart Armed Forces Station for which a detailed plan has been formulated in consonance with the eight key areas identified by the Central government for development of Smart Cities. A systematic development of habitat is being undertaken incorporating the concept of Smart Building and Green Building Norms. Some of the unique facilities provided in these dwelling units would be rain water harvesting, centralised garbage disposal system, solar water heater, solar security lights, underground electric cabling, LED lighting system, provision of LPG through pipelines, prepaid electricity and water meters, waste disposal chutes, passenger ...
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NGO helps revive rainwater harvesting systems 18.6.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Faridabad, June 17 Development-2050, an NGO, has helped in the revival of as many as 50 rainwater harvesting systems lying defunct for the past few years in the city. A total of 180 such systems installed in the past couple of decades have been lying non-functional due to poor upkeep. “We have been associated with providing direct help for work on the revival or repair of around one-third such systems lying non-functional. We have aided in repairing around 50 so far,” said Shaswat, head of the NGO. Adding that more systems would be put in place by the end of the month, he said it was perhaps for the first time that the MC had involved the services of private professionals in such a job. He said Development-2050 had been involved in water conservation initiatives for rainwater harvesting and revival of water bodies, drains and check dams. He said expertise was provided by a team consisting of architects, engineers, urban planners and experts from various fields. “The present work is ...
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Delhi’s groundwater plummets 11.6.2018 Downtoearth
As groundwater levels fall to crisis levels, the government moves to limit use of borewells, but activists say it's not enough, and not based on any information of water needs and usages
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Delhi’s groundwater plummets 11.6.2018 Downtoearth
As groundwater levels fall to crisis levels, the government moves to limit use of borewells, but activists say it's not enough, and not based on any information of water needs and usages
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Think long term, act short term, before it’s too late 11.6.2018 The Tribune
No doubt, there is a scarcity of water and power in summer. But some steps can be taken to overcome this problem. As the watering the plants is banned, the washing of cars at homes must be stopped in the city in the month of June. Dual flush toilets can be installed at government offices. To save power, the supply to households must be fixed and a penalty should be imposed if the consumption goes beyond that. Parents must encourage children to sit together. Every person should save every drop of water and power. Solar panels must be installed in housing societies. Anju Behl, Chandigarh Devise system to  penalise officials  The MC has been highly proactive in imposing penalties for even losing a parking slip for which one has already paid but might not be familiar with the word “commitment”. When the public is forced to pay through the nose, the MC must ensure the delivery of services in an appropriate manner or device a policy under which the public must have  right to penalise authorities for not ...
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World Environment Day: At schools, colleges, an effort to find eco-friendly alternatives 6.6.2018 Pune – The Indian Express
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Borewells in industrial units polluting water 6.6.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 5 There needs to be a strict check on industrial units for any illegal borewells, and prevent these from being used for releasing waste water or industrial effluents directly in to the groundwater, in the absence of treatment plants. Though, the Punjab Pollution Control Board has announced a cash award for anyone informing about industrial effluents being thrown in the groundwater through borewells, but a lot more needs to be done. However, allowing rainwater harvesting system in the industrial units will only increase the chances of it releasing waste water through borewells, which needs to be stopped, say environmentalists. They say harvesting system should be disallowed in industrial units. “Surprisingly, rainwater harvesting in residential areas and homes is missing, but is being used in industrial units,” he said. Lakhwinder, from Karkhana Mazdoor Union, said borewells in the industrial units remained undercover. Most of the workers remained oblivious to the ...
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Kenyan farmers embrace new and sustainable way to build resilience 1.6.2018 Downtoearth
Crop losses, caused by extreme weather events, steered small-scale farmers towards new farming techniques
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Funds to fight climate change in Africa grossly inadequate 31.5.2018 Downtoearth
Almost 70 per cent of the funds committed by developed countries to finance climate action in Africa are tied to conditional loans and credit lines
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Mohali schools to harvest rainwater: DC 29.5.2018 The Tribune

Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 28

To check the depleting the water table, rainwater harvesting systems would be installed at 100 government schools in Mohali villages.

Deputy Commissioner Gurpreet Kaur Sapra stated this during a meeting of the District Ground Water Regulation Advisory Committee here on Monday.

Sapra said the level of groundwater was falling at an average of five feet a year and effective steps were required to be taken to check it. 

She added that for the purpose, water discharged by sewerage treatment plants (STPs) would be used for watering parks and roadside saplings. The DC directed officials concerned to ensure the implementation of the order and submit a report in this regard.

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Drought brings new meaning to South African companies 28.5.2018 Downtoearth
Cape Town’s diversification of supply from surface water to groundwater, desalination and water recycling has also filtered into the business community in South Africa
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Mumbai: To tackle water crisis, BMC proposes rainwater harvesting for new buildings 28.5.2018 Free Press Journal: Mumbai
In an aim to end water crisis in the state, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has proposed
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Maharashtra: Yavatmal embraces ‘farm pool’ scheme with enthusiasm 28.5.2018 Free Press Journal: Mumbai
Mumbai: The construction of over 6,000 ‘farm pools’ by cultivators to meet the irrigation demand
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Rs 11,000 Cr Eastern Peripheral Expressway to be inaugurated by PM Modi today 27.5.2018 The Asian Age | Home
The 135-km EPE is India's first highway to be lit by solar power besides provisions of rain water harvesting.
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