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Drinking Water

Reverse gear

Issue Date: Aug 15, 2005
A new groundwater protection directive, introduced by EU environment ministers on June 24, 2005, is being viewed as a complete hogwash. The legislation ostensibly aims to improve the quality of groundwater, an important source of drinking water in many European countries, and replaces Article 17 of the EU Water Framework Directive of 2000. But experts allege it actually backtracks on existing groundwater protection measures.

In Short

Issue Date: Jul 31, 2005
baglihar collapse: A diversion tunnel at the Baglihar hydro-electric dam on the Chenab river in Jammu and Kashmir collapsed on June 5, 2005, due to the river's rising water level. Media reports said construction at the project site had to be halted. Earlier, a bridge had also reportedly been washed away due to the river's increased flow.

The Bharat Nirman outpour

Author(s): Kirtiman Awasthi
Issue Date: Jun 15, 2005
prime minister Manmohan Singh approved a whopping Rs 174,000 crore for the Bharat Nirman scheme on May 16, 2005. The scheme, which will be operational from 2005 to 2009, acuses on improving physical infrastructure in rural areas. Its thrust areas are irrigation, roads, water supply, housing, electrification and telecom connectivity.

Once a victim

Issue Date: Jun 15, 2005
Around 300 Bhopal gas tragedy victims, including women and children, were assaulted by the police on May 17, 2005, while holding a peaceful protest demonstration to demand clean drinking water. Though the Supreme Court (sc) had ruled on May 7, 2004 that gas tragedy victims should be provided clean drinking water, state authorities have done nothing to ensure compliance with the order.

Arsenic, fluoride in Assam

Issue Date: Apr 30, 2005
For the first time, the Assam government has admitted the severe threat to people's health posed by arsenic and fluoride contaminated drinking water in the state. The state's minister for public health engineering, Dinesh Prasad Goala, recently told the assembly that the government has initiated steps to provide alternative sources of water in endemic areas, the Assam Tribune reported. He said while arsenic contamination was detected in Karimganj, Dhemaji and Dhubri districts, fluoride was found in Nagaon, Karbi Anglong, Kamrup and Karimganj districts.

A slur

Issue Date: Apr 15, 2005
On the outskirts of Chittaurgarh city, in district Chittaurgarh, Rajasthan, lies an abandoned mine. Chhatriwali khaan is a huge crater right beside the highway to Udaipur. Suddenly, disquietingly, the flat terrain gives way to a pool of rippling white fluid laced with pink, blue and brown -- marble slurry.

'No, no uranium'

Issue Date: Apr 15, 2005
a proposed uranium processing plant at Seripally village in Andhra Pradesh's (ap's) Nalgonda district is facing vociferous public opposition. The area's native Lambada tribals, local leaders and many civil society groups voiced their disapproval of the project at a recent public hearing watched over by an unusually large contingent of armed police.

We found lots of muck

Author(s): ANAMIKA SENGUPTA
Issue Date: Mar 31, 2005
It isn't often that a post-graduate college decides to test the quality of water in its surrounding areas. In a five-month project begining January 2004, final year B pharma students of Gupta College of Technological Sciences in Asansol, West Bengal did exactly that. The students had to undertake a project in order to fulfill the requirements of their undergraduate course.

Dangerous

Author(s): N Ramesh
Issue Date: Mar 15, 2005
the new Veeranam Extension Project, envisaged to supply drinking water to the Chennai Metropolitan area from six proposed collector wells in the Kollidam (Colleron) riverbed, has evoked strong protests from farmers of villages situated on the river's banks. They fear the project will increase their water woes. The Rs 300 crore project, 300 kilometres from Chennai, aims to supply 150-180 million litres per day (mld) water to the state capital.

Bloodthirsty arsenic

Author(s): Biplab Das
Issue Date: Mar 15, 2005
scientists have detected arsenic-induced damage to a type of white blood cells among people from North 24-Parganas district in West Bengal.
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