WITH all the false humility he can muster — which is a great deal indeed — Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been talking of the votes he received ‘on loan’ from former Labour supporters.
Attracted by the Tory slogan to “Get Brexit Done,” their protest against Labour’s disastrous move towards a “Stop Brexit” stance played a major part in deciding the outcome of this month’s general election.Read More »
The future of government-prescribed minimum water discharge guidelines for the Ganga appears to be in jeopardy.
These environmental flow (e-flow) norms stipulate the volume of water that dams and barrages must release to allow the river to naturally clean itself and protect its aquatic biodiversity. The e-flow norms were notified in September 2018 by the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), the apex body responsible for the cleaning and rejuvenation of the river, and are to be enforced from December 15, 2019.Read More »
The Centre’s ambitious project to interlink rivers is on fast track and the work on at least four such projects is set to start soon as the detailed project reports (DPRs) are ready, the Union Jal Shakti Ministry said in a written reply in Parliament on November 21, 2019.
The Ken-Betwa, Damanganga-Pinjal, Par-Tapi-Narmada, and Godavari-Cauvery links had been selected for preparing DPRs and the final reports for the first three had been sent to the respective states, the reply said.
Close to 42 per cent rural households travel every day to fetch drinking water. The distance they cover ranges from less than 0.2 km (30.4 per cent households) to over 1.5 km (0.5 per cent households) one way, suggests the recently released 76th round of National Sample Survey Office. This means rural India has households whose members travel more than 3 km (round trip from the primary water source) each day to get water. A rough calculation suggests that these households cover a distance of over 1,000 km a year—one way trip from Delhi to Patna by road—to get drinking water.
The Indus river and its tributaries, which flow through parts of China, India, Afghanistan and Pakistan, are among the most vulnerable ‘water towers’ in the world, a new study has said.
The study, led by Walter Immerzeel and Arthur Lutz from Utrecht University in the Netherlands, has been published in the journal Nature on December 9, 2019.
Immerzeel and Lutz were part of a 32-member scientific team from around the world, who assessed the Earth’s 78 mountain glacier–based water systems and ranked them in order of their importance to adjacent lowland communities, as well as their vulnerability to future environmental and socioeconomic changes.