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Water Distribution

Letters

Issue Date: Apr 30, 2011
Know Betel Farmers Of Tamil Nadu

Every drop counts

Issue Date: Mar 31, 2011

Public good, private concerns

Author(s): RANJAN K PANDA
Issue Date: Mar 31, 2011
As water gets scarce, the lendings in the sector by international financial institutions like the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) are being looked into more critically. Most critics believe that with small investments, the banks have been able to dictate water policies in developing countries. These institutions have successfully infused the idea of privatising water resources in the name of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM).

Budwani’s canal sarpanch

Water politics dominated caste politics in panchayat polls

Channels of change

Issue Date: Mar 15, 2011
Call it the fallout of seven years of severe drought or government inaction, a silent revolution is brewing in Lalitpur district of Uttar Pradesh. Communities are getting united and digging channels to bring water from government canals to their fields. Some are volunteering labour, while those belonging to Scheduled castes and tribes are using the government’s employment guarantee scheme to link their farms to the canals.

Injustice gets nastier

Posted on: 16 Dec, 2010
Water scarcity accentuates discrimination against the socially backward

Karnataka to divert Mahadayi water

Author(s): Bharat Lal Seth
Issue Date: Nov 30, 2010
Karnataka’s irrigation department has fast-tracked construction work to divert water from the Mahadayi river to the Malaprabha. The canal project is under dispute but the state’s water resources department is adamant that it is crucial to meet the drinking water needs of the twin towns, Hubli and Dharwad, that aim to be the first in India to supply water round-the-clock to all its citizens.

Drowning villages for 8 paise

Issue Date: Sep 30, 2010
RESIDENTS of Kelwan in Gujarat’s Dang district do not allow outsiders to enter their village, especially people who seem city dwellers. They take them to be government officials who would conduct surveys for a project that will submerge their land and take away the area’s water to benefit industry.

Monopoly on Mahanadi

Issue Date: Sep 15, 2010
Of the 118 proposed projects, for which data is available, 33 plan to withdraw water from the Mahanadi, Chhattisgarh's main river. The water requirement of projects withdrawing water from the river stands at 1,500 mcm per year.

2,000 mcm for crops

According to the Union ministry of agriculture, canal irrigation in the state is a mere 17 per cent of the gross cropped area. "At present, about 2,000 mcm of water is being allocated for irrigation," the state agriculture minister, Chandra Shekhar Sahu, said. "With the expanding industry, there has definitely been a change in the water scenario in Chhattisgarh, but how much that has affected irrigation cannot be envisaged right now," he added.
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