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Water Distribution

New schemes in Haryana

Issue Date: Feb 15, 2000
the Haryana government has sanctioned Rs 8.88 crore for 21 sewerage and water supply schemes for the villages and towns in the district of Fatehabad. Also in the pipeline are six more schemes at an estimated cost of Rs 59.08 lakh.

The cost of water

Issue Date: Feb 15, 2000
china plans to embark on an ambitious project to transport water hundreds of kilometres from the abundant south of the country to the parched north. "We will definitely do this project," said Wang Chunzheng, vice-minister at the state development planning commission. Experts say that the project would be on a grand scale similar to that of the us $24.4 billion Three Gorges hydroelectric dam, and estimated to cost about us $7 billion.

Inadequate supply

Issue Date: Dec 15, 1999
delhiites once again faced a severe round of water shortage in the first week of November. The Delhi Jal Board (djb), however, had no clue about when the situation would improve.

India

Issue Date: Nov 30, 1999
In yet another instance of animal-human conflict, wild elephants in Meghalaya's West Garo hills are giving the farmers in the area sleepless nights. The pachyderms are descending on the village in hordes and trampling the crops that are ready for harvesting.

Tapping the Rhone

Issue Date: Aug 31, 1999
as the mighty river Rhone surges through eastern France, water shortage is far from anyone's mind living on the banks of the river. Along its 500-mile route, it is fed by many tributaries until the river spills, largely untapped, into the Mediterranean Sea. But along the same sea, scarcity of fresh water is an increasingly nagging issue farther west, in the arid regions of eastern Spain. So Barcelona has developed a daring plan: to build a pipeline through southern France and the Pyrenees to carry water from the Rhone River to Spain.

No water where the oceans meet

Issue Date: Jul 31, 1999
the float festival will once again be held in Kanyakumari. With water from the Pechiparai dam in the Western Ghats reaching Theppakulam -- one of the three Kanyakumari Goddess temple ponds -- people of the town are eagerly looking forward to next year's 'Theppam' or float of the deity, conducted on the pond. The occasion also marks the commencement of possible recharge of ground water aquifers at the southern-most tip of the country.

THAILAND

Issue Date: Jun 15, 1999
Bangkok's Royal Irrigation Department has announced a scheme to pipe water to needy villages. Once completed, it will provide a 24-hour water supply to northeastern provinces and will increase farm output two-fold, said the department chief Pramote. With 12 projects under the scheme, each project is considered as one system, with each having distribution units depending on the water supply in the area. While well-to-do sugarcane and orchard growers may jump at the offer, it was doubtful if the poor and debt-ridden farmers would be able to afford it.

WATER DISPUTE

Issue Date: Aug 31, 1998
A three judge bench will decide Supreme Court's (SC) jurisdiction on the Inter-State River Water Disputes tribunals. The SC referred the question of its jurisdiction to interfere with the orders of the tribunals to the Constitution bench comprising Chief Justice M M Punchhi, justice K T Thomas and justice S S M Quadri. The reference was made when the Almatti dam dispute was taken up. The Act says that the order of the tribunal will be final. With the exclusion of even the SC, the apex court has to decide the matter of jurisdiction.

SHARING RESOURCES

Issue Date: May 15, 1997
A national water policy for Bangladesh is on the anvil. This was announced by water resources minister Abdur Razzak in Dhaka recently. The country is all set to launch a planning exercise for a Ganges barrage in Greater Faridpur to provide irrigation to an area of 1.9 million hectares through an integrated water resource development programme. The minister also said that a joint rivers commission will try to find out a solution to sharing of the waters of the Teesta, Brahmaputra and other rivers.

NILE STATES

Issue Date: Apr 15, 1997
All African countries through which the water of the river Nile flows, can hope to coordinate sharing of one of Africa's greatest resources. The 10 nations - Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Zaire, Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Burundi and Tanzania - recently appeared to put aside political differences at Cairo, Egypt, in an effort to seek a us $100 million aid for 21 projects.
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