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Water Distribution

Against the flow

Author(s): Archita Bhatta
Issue Date: Nov 30, 2007
Disregarding ecological and livelihood concerns, the Parbati hydroelectric project in Himachal Pradesh is moving forward. Experts warn that diverting water from the Parbati and its tributaries for power generation will leave the people in Kullu, where the project is coming up, with nothing to drink and irrigate their fields.

Protest for Kali river water

Author(s): Kirtiman Awasthi
Issue Date: Nov 30, 2007
people from Uttar Karnataka's Dandeli town are opposing a move to draw water from the Kali river for a sugar mill proposed downstream. They say the factory will use up water meant for them. The Bharat Sugar Mills factory is trying to bring water from upstream since the river dries up downstream.

Iraq wants treaty on sharing river waters

Issue Date: Sep 30, 2007
To avoid a possible regional war over water resources, Iraq has asked neighbouring countries for a treaty to share the Tigris and Euphrates river waters. The two rivers originate in Turkey, with Euphrates first flowing through Syria while the Tigris flows straight into Iraq. The two rivers converge in Iraq and are the country's main water sources.

Jordan ministers quit over water contamination

Issue Date: Aug 31, 2007
Water contamination led to the resignation of two ministers in Jordan following pressure from media and opposition parties. Jordan's water minister Mohammad al-Alem and health minister Saad Kharabsheh resigned on July 29 after being held responsible for hundreds falling ill with diarrhoea and high fever earlier in the month in Mansheyet Bani Hassan village, 70 km from the capital Amman.

Bottled water costs us the earth

Issue Date: Aug 31, 2007
The botted water industry is global in nature. But it is designed to sell the same product to two completely different markets one water rich and the other water scarce. The question is whether this industry will have different outcomes in these two worlds. Or will we, for two opposite reasons, agree that their business costs us the earth and that it is not good for us?

Sub-committee's report to frame water policy for industries

Issue Date: Aug 15, 2007
"bottled water and soft drinks industry should be charged higher water-cess". This was among a series of recommendations issued by a sub committee to frame a water policy for industries. The sub committee was formed by the groundwater recharge council. The sub-committee stresses on the importance of locating industries based on their consumption capacity and water availability. The report has also recommended that rainwater harvesting be made mandatory within the catchment, upstream of industries, in addition to within factory premises. On

Punjab's depleting groundwater stagnates agricultural growth

Issue Date: Jul 31, 2007
the Punjab state farmers commission has recently asked the state government to make delayed-sowing of rice mandatory. The move comes at a time when agriculture in Punjab is facing its worst spell since 1970. Last year, the state recorded 1.86 per cent

Australia to build largest desalination plant

Issue Date: Jul 15, 2007
The Victorian government has announced plans to build Australia's largest desalination plant and pipeline to boost water supply to the state capital.

Ahmedabad's Narmada water supply scheme not working out

Issue Date: May 15, 2007
the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (amc) has stepped up measures to rope in citizens to use its 'unique' water supply scheme. But the scheme has few takers. amc is offering discounts on the connection fee by as much as 70 per cent. It started offering connections in January and although it managed to sell 850 applications, according to local media reports, only 53 confirmations had come through until mid-March.

Dodgy arithmetic over Narmada waters

Issue Date: Apr 30, 2007
On March 6, 2007, Union minister of state for water resources Jai Prakash Yadav told the Rajya Sabha that in case Madhya Pradesh was not able to utilise its share of the Narmada waters, the surplus would go to the Sardar Sarovar River Bed Powerhouse in Gujarat. This was as per the Narmada Water Tribunal's verdict, the minister claimed. The tribunal had, in 1979, stipulated water allocations from the Sardar Sarovar Project for
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