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Aarti Kelkar-Khambete writes for India Water Portal, a website that shares knowledge and builds communities around water and related issues in India. Managed by Arghyam, the portal is a valuable archive of resources, working papers, reports, data, articles, news, events, opportunities and discussions on water.
The lives of Dhangars in Maharashtra is a perfect example of the threats faced by pastoralists in India due to rapid urbanisation and hostile State policies. Dhangars, a semi-nomadic group in Maharashtra, are traditionally pastoralists. Pastoralists are described as the “members of caste or ethnic groups with a strong traditional association with livestock-keeping, where a […]
21 April 2017
Jalyukt Shivar, the flagship scheme of Maharashtra’s water conservation department, is worrisome for its myopic vision and faulty implementation, say experts. The summer of 2015 saw Maharashtra reeling under severe drought. The government launched the Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyaan (JYS) that involves deepening and widening of streams and nullahs, construction of cement and earthen stop dams, and digging of farm […]
9 April 2017
While the poor lack access to safe water, wealthy individuals use RO systems. Though it is a highly effective water technology, it leads to wastage of large quantities of water. A recent study on water filter use in Ahmedabad done by the Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation (CITE) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) […]
14 March 2017
While the Central Pollution Control Board’s recent study highlights the problems with rivers today, it does not have clear-cut recommendations or actions to resolve them. According to a recent study by Central Pollution and Control Board (CPCB), almost half of India’s interstate rivers are polluted and are of no use to anyone, thus increasing the […]
2 March 2017
The hill forts of Maharashtra provide valuable lessons in water harvesting and conservation. In the olden days, people knew the importance of water and had devised a number of techniques to manage and conserve water resources. These efforts not only met the drinking water needs of the people, but also helped the survival of livestock […]
1 March 2017
Two high school teachers from Perla in Kasargod district have successfully converted 16 acres of barren land into a forest. Two high-school teachers from Perla in Kasrgod district converted 16 acres of barren land on a hill behind the school into a lush green forest with thick patches of vegetation. This effort demonstrates how persistence […]
15 February 2017
This story of the untiring efforts of a commerce ex-lecturer to convert 25 acres of a barren piece of land into a self-sustainable green farm, provides an ideal example of a model for rainwater harvesting. He demonstrates how persistence and the sheer determination to go on till the end can yield miraculous results. A visit […]
21 January 2017