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Andhra Pradesh

Water levels in free fall

Issue Date: Jul 31, 2010
The quantum of groundwater Andhra Pradesh received earlier from 100,000 borewells is now obtained by drilling 260,000 borewells, said A K Jain, special secretary to the state’s irrigation and command area development department.

No one is following regulations

Issue Date: Jul 31, 2010
The Water, Land and Trees Act (WALTA) was enacted in 2002. Meant to regulate groundwater use, the Act requires farmers to register their borewells with the mandal revenue office after getting clearance from the district groundwater office. Farmers like Muniratnam Naidu in Chittoor district laugh at the idea of taking permission. “All one needs to do is hire a rig, pay money to a geologist and drill a borewell,” he said.

The borewell drill

Before a borewell is drilled

Where gold rush hurts

Issue Date: Jul 15, 2010
Mining in India has been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately. Our environmental track record in mining has not exactly been stellar. More bad news is likely. India is looking to open investment in gold mining in the country—and in a big way.

Developers misuse SEZ land

Author(s): Moyna
Issue Date: Mar 31, 2010
The andhra pradesh government has issued notices to 54 developers of special economic zones (SEZs ) asking them to explain delays in setting up industrial units. The notices follow public agitations and allegations by opposition parties that the land acquired for SEZs are being used for real estate development.

Wanted, tariff revision

Issue Date: Mar 31, 2010

Letters

Issue Date: Jun 15, 2010
Suspend cancer vaccine licences Women and child rights groups as well as health networks are deeply concerned with the manner in which the two vaccines for cervical cancer— Gardasil and Cervarix—have been approved for marketing in India (see ‘Half a cervical cancer vaccine’, May 1-15).

Deeper Debt for Water

In his desperate search for groundwater, Bappu Reddy is not willing to give up on borewell digging and wants the government to help him. Read the cover story: Ground reality

When the government must step in

Issue Date: Jun 15, 2010
When the United Progressive Alliance (upa) triumphed at the hustings exactly a year ago, both its supporters and detractors agreed the victory vindicated the government’s social welfare schemes. The upa, in its first avatar, brought a new lease of life in many areas of the social welfare sector. It discarded moribund state-centred approaches, involved local communities and tried to draw in the private sector.

Thirsty? Try a glass of skywater

Author(s): Bharat Lal Seth
Issue Date: Jun 15, 2010
Some weeks ago when Amit Biswas was handed a cup of water for the customary rinse-and-spit after a dental procedure he already knew the water’s source.
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