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Protesters demonstrate during a climate strike against governmental inaction towards climate breakdown and environmental pollution in Lausanne, January 17, 2020(AFP)

Focus on air, water and waste management

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JUN 05, 2020 10:58 AM IST
While the climate crisis is the overarching challenge, delineate immediate priorities
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Ban politicians who resign before full term: Mann to EC

Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By HT Correspondent, Ludhiana
PUBLISHED ON OCT 10, 2019 11:51 PM IST
Researchers at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), have initiated a project wherein they have revived seven such wells and are using them for groundwater recharge.(HT Photo)
Researchers at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), have initiated a project wherein they have revived seven such wells and are using them for groundwater recharge.(HT Photo)

‘1.4 lakh dead wells in state can be used to recharge groundwater’

Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By Mohit Khanna
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2019 04:07 PM IST
According to the experts, dead wells which once used to be the backbone of irrigation, can be used to help address the problem of depleting groundwater level in Punjab.
Climate change and monsoon failures have repeatedly caused droughts in UP’s Bundelkhand.(Sourced)
Climate change and monsoon failures have repeatedly caused droughts in UP’s Bundelkhand.(Sourced)

Bundelkhand likely to become water-scarce region by 2030: Study

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Brijendra Parashar, Lucknow:
UPDATED ON AUG 19, 2019 01:20 PM IST
The study has found that despite the presence of Central and state level schemes, funding allocations and a host of international institutions, climate change and monsoon failures have repeatedly caused droughts in Bundelkhand.
Heritage buildings in Delhi present fine examples of conservation and mobilisation of rain water to quench the city’s thirst.(HT image)
Heritage buildings in Delhi present fine examples of conservation and mobilisation of rain water to quench the city’s thirst.(HT image)

Total recall: Water conservation tips from Delhi’s past

New Delhi | By Adrija Roychowdhury
UPDATED ON AUG 19, 2019 08:04 AM IST
Of late water conservation has been a buzzword in Delhi with the Delhi government exploring various ways and means of water conservation.
The situation, according to groundwater department officials, has reached an alarming level and in another 5-6 years, city areas will experience a “heavy shortage”.(Sakib Ali /Hindustan Times (Representative image))
The situation, according to groundwater department officials, has reached an alarming level and in another 5-6 years, city areas will experience a “heavy shortage”.(Sakib Ali /Hindustan Times (Representative image))

Groundwater depleting fast, Ghaziabad stares at severe crisis in 5-6 years

Ghaziabad | By Peeyush Khandelwal
UPDATED ON AUG 14, 2019 12:39 AM IST
According to the department’s latest groundwater report, the 28 localities being assessed witnessed a decline from 20.31 metres below ground level (mbgl) in 2013 (post-monsoon) to 26.97 mbgl (post-monsoon) in 2018.
After covering urban areas under the Jal Shakti Abhiyan programme, the district administration will now reach rural areas with the aim of conserving and harvesting water.(Photo by Gurminder Singh/Hindustan Times)
After covering urban areas under the Jal Shakti Abhiyan programme, the district administration will now reach rural areas with the aim of conserving and harvesting water.(Photo by Gurminder Singh/Hindustan Times)

100 abandoned tubewells to be used for groundwater recharge in 50 villages

Gurugram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2019 11:56 PM IST
On August 28 and 29, the agriculture and horticulture department will conduct a water conservation drive in 50 villages of the district. More than 100 abandoned borewells will be used for groundwater recharge.
Workers plant paddy saplings in a field near Amritsar.(PTI Photo)
Workers plant paddy saplings in a field near Amritsar.(PTI Photo)

Why Punjab needs to decide its farmers’ policy quickly | Opinion

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Navneet Sharma
UPDATED ON AUG 07, 2019 08:14 PM IST
Agrarian crisis and continuous groundwater depletion are the two biggest challenges facing Punjab.
Man wash a car at a car-washing centre, in Noida, India.(Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)
Man wash a car at a car-washing centre, in Noida, India.(Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)

Central pollution watchdog asks UPPCB to inspect illegal car-washing centres

Noida | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2019 02:47 AM IST
According to a complaint filed by Noida Sector 77 resident Amit Gupta, several illegal car-washing centres are operating in the city. Of these, two near his residence were running on a plot of land meant for a public park.
Qutub Minar, the 13th century minaret in Mehrauli, and its surrounding structures will soon act as a reserve for recharging Delhi’s groundwater level.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Qutub Minar, the 13th century minaret in Mehrauli, and its surrounding structures will soon act as a reserve for recharging Delhi’s groundwater level.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Rainwater harvesting units coming up at Qutub Minar

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 19, 2019 03:25 AM IST
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is constructing four rainwater harvesting units inside the new parking lot of the Qutub complex.
The sighting of endemic Indian birds in the park show that bioremediation has brought back a large number of native species.(Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
The sighting of endemic Indian birds in the park show that bioremediation has brought back a large number of native species.(Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)

Aravalli Park revival in Gurugram on track, say birders

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By Prayag Arora-Desai
UPDATED ON JUL 14, 2019 08:18 PM IST
Environmentalists spot multiple microhabitats inside the Aravalli Biodiversity Park, an indicator that birds have started nesting here. Restoration of the park started in 2010 after years of stone mining
People carry water from the Ken river on bullock carts to their homes in Backcha Gadar village.(Haider Naqvi)
People carry water from the Ken river on bullock carts to their homes in Backcha Gadar village.(Haider Naqvi)

Rain deficit bleeds Bundelkhand dry

Maudaha, Hamirpur | By Haider Naqvi
UPDATED ON JUL 11, 2019 07:28 AM IST
Water scarcity in Bundelkhand has rendered farmlands useless and vast swathes of land have wild outgrowths instead of crops.
The spread of mobile phones in rural areas has already impacted the way the small and marginal farmers get access to information about soil health, weather and prices.(HT Photo)
The spread of mobile phones in rural areas has already impacted the way the small and marginal farmers get access to information about soil health, weather and prices.(HT Photo)

Economic Survey: Charting road map for faster growth

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2020 06:10 PM IST
The spread of mobile phones in rural areas has already impacted the way the small and marginal farmers get access to information about soil health, weather and prices.
There are many steps that the government and the water ministry need to take, but it is also upon each one of us to begin to recognise that if the groundwater dries up, all of us will face the consequences(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
There are many steps that the government and the water ministry need to take, but it is also upon each one of us to begin to recognise that if the groundwater dries up, all of us will face the consequences(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

Use less, conserve more, a water crisis is upon us all, says expert Kalpana Viswanath

UPDATED ON JUL 04, 2019 08:01 AM IST
Experts have made many suggestions, including strict monitoring of groundwater levels and adoption of micro irrigation techniques. The most important change we can make is to focus on rainwater harvesting.
Punjab farmers’ over-dependence on water-guzzler paddy is one of the major reasons of depleting groundwater level.(Pardeep Pandit/ / HT Photo)
Punjab farmers’ over-dependence on water-guzzler paddy is one of the major reasons of depleting groundwater level.(Pardeep Pandit/ / HT Photo)

Punjab tops in over-exploitation of groundwater, shows government data

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 02, 2019 08:41 AM IST
Punjab farmers’ over-dependence on water-guzzler paddy is one of the major reasons of depleting groundwater level.
In Maharashtra, out of a total of 353 talukas or blocks, nine have been categorized as over-exploited. But Tamil Nadu has the highest number of talukas in the over-exploited category (358), followed by Rajasthan (164), Uttar Pradesh (113)and Punjab (105). (PTI photo)
In Maharashtra, out of a total of 353 talukas or blocks, nine have been categorized as over-exploited. But Tamil Nadu has the highest number of talukas in the over-exploited category (358), followed by Rajasthan (164), Uttar Pradesh (113)and Punjab (105). (PTI photo)

Govt data shows steep decline in groundwater levels

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON JUN 28, 2019 08:58 AM IST
Out of 6,584 blocks assessed in the country, 1,034 are in the over-exploited category, 253 in the critical category, 681 in the semi-critical category, 96 in the saline category, and 4,520 in the safe category.
Finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, in his budget speech, said the government had spent Rs 8,946 crore on the scheme between 2015-16 and 2018-19.(HT Photo)
Finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, in his budget speech, said the government had spent Rs 8,946 crore on the scheme between 2015-16 and 2018-19.(HT Photo)

‘Lapses in 1,300 Jal Yukt Shivar works’: minister for water conservation Tanaji Sawant

Mumbai | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 25, 2019 04:10 AM IST
The scheme was introduced in 2015 to create water-shed structures to harvest rain water and enhance groundwater levels in 25,000 villages. Activists, experts have termed it “unscientific”.
Parliament members on Monday suggested interventions such as interlinking of rivers and rainwater harvesting to deal with the water crisis affecting large parts of the country.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Parliament members on Monday suggested interventions such as interlinking of rivers and rainwater harvesting to deal with the water crisis affecting large parts of the country.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

House discusses ways to resolve water crisis

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JUN 24, 2019 11:57 PM IST
According to India Meteorological Department’s latest data, over half of India is facing drought-like conditions.
Indians stand in queues to fill vessels with drinking water from a water tanker in Chennai, capital of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, Wednesday, June 19, 2019.(AP file photo)
Indians stand in queues to fill vessels with drinking water from a water tanker in Chennai, capital of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, Wednesday, June 19, 2019.(AP file photo)

Lakes dry up, groundwater depletes: Drought scare in half of India

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi and Zia Haq
UPDATED ON JUN 24, 2019 08:25 AM IST
More than half of India is reeling from drought-like conditions, the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) latest data shows, with millions struggling for drinking water as lakes dry up and groundwater levels deplete.
Having missed its earlier deadline to clean all rainwater harvesting pits in the city by June 15, the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram(MCG), whose concessionaire has only been able to clean 120 of 627 such pits, has set a fresh deadline of June 30 for the job even as pre-monsoon showers hit the city on Monday.(AP Photo)
Having missed its earlier deadline to clean all rainwater harvesting pits in the city by June 15, the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram(MCG), whose concessionaire has only been able to clean 120 of 627 such pits, has set a fresh deadline of June 30 for the job even as pre-monsoon showers hit the city on Monday.(AP Photo)

Only 120 of 627 rainwater harvesting pits in Gurugram cleaned

Gurugram | By Kartik Kumar
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2019 08:32 AM IST
“So far 120 pits have been cleaned and the work is ongoing. We have empanelled an agency that is desilting all pits across the city. We would meet the target by the end of this month,” MCG executive engineer Dharamvir Mallik said.
The horticulture department has adopted two villages to promote micro-irrigation among farmers for better conservation of water.(Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)
The horticulture department has adopted two villages to promote micro-irrigation among farmers for better conservation of water.(Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)

Micro-irrigation to start in two villages

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By Archana Mishra
PUBLISHED ON JUN 08, 2019 01:45 AM IST
In Hamirpur and Sardhana village, under Gurugram block, the department is eyeing 100% irrigation through drips and mini sprinklers.
Tankers draw water from Patni Ground lake in Airoli.(HT Photo)
Tankers draw water from Patni Ground lake in Airoli.(HT Photo)

60% Navi Mumbai lakes polluted; used to bathe, wash clothes: Study

Hindustan Times | By Badri Chatterjee, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAY 23, 2019 12:54 AM IST
The study was conducted to prepare baseline data of Navi Mumbai’s lakes for future policy decisions
The entire agriculture belt of northern and western Rajasthan, groundwater levels have fast depleted and are now in a critical stage.(AP)
The entire agriculture belt of northern and western Rajasthan, groundwater levels have fast depleted and are now in a critical stage.(AP)

Groundwater may fall below 100m in north west India

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Chetan Chauhan
PUBLISHED ON MAY 15, 2019 07:14 AM IST
The report, which has been submitted to state governments, draws on data recorded between 1994 and May 2018 and shows that withdrawal of groundwater has been greater than recharge
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A dry zone, district starts data study for answers

Gurugram | By Archana Mishra
PUBLISHED ON MAY 11, 2019 12:45 AM IST
The project is meant to study water mismanagement in the city and will include data collation and constant monitoring of ongoing water-related projects under different government departments by a 15-member project management unit.
Darbhanga is facing an acute water shortage which is likely to worsen in the coming months.(HT Photo)
Darbhanga is facing an acute water shortage which is likely to worsen in the coming months.(HT Photo)

Once ‘city of ponds’, Dharbhanga now grappling with acute water shortage

Hindustan Times, Darbhanga | By Bishnu K Jha
PUBLISHED ON MAY 10, 2019 03:00 PM IST
The groundwater table in Darbhanga has plummeted, and at several places in the district, residents have been using submersible pumps. A large number of hand pumps have failed to draw up any water because of the severe depletion of the groundwater level.
43 villages in Pune district show severe ground water depletion(AFP)
43 villages in Pune district show severe ground water depletion(AFP)

43 villages in Pune district show severe ground water depletion

Pune | By Shrinivas Deshpande
PUBLISHED ON MAY 05, 2019 11:40 PM IST
These 43 villages are spread across seven out of 14 tehsils of in the district, where the ground water levels have fallen by between one metre to three metres.
The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) has set a deadline of June 15 for its concessionaire to clean all 360 rainwater harvesting pits (RWHPs) in the city, officials said on Thursday.
The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) has set a deadline of June 15 for its concessionaire to clean all 360 rainwater harvesting pits (RWHPs) in the city, officials said on Thursday.

MCG sets June 15 deadline to clean rainwater harvesting pits

Gurugram | By Kartik Kumar
PUBLISHED ON APR 26, 2019 12:13 AM IST
The development holds importance as last year, the MCG was only able to finalise a contractor in the second week of July for cleaning rainwater harvesting pits, by which time monsoon had already set in.
The directive came after court’s orders to the district administration fell on deaf ears over the years.(HT Photo)
The directive came after court’s orders to the district administration fell on deaf ears over the years.(HT Photo)

High Court seeks report on groundwater extraction in Gurugram

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON APR 19, 2019 05:08 AM IST
According to data obtained from the agricultural department’s groundwater cell, from 2014 to 2018, the groundwater table fell by 2.5 metres in Gurugram district and by 3 metres in Gurugram city. The department of agriculture also found that in 2018, the district overdrew on its groundwater reserves by 226%.
The Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA), earlier this month, completed a water security survey with the aim to improve groundwater levels through restoration of natural water bodies.(Representative Image/HT File Photo)
The Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA), earlier this month, completed a water security survey with the aim to improve groundwater levels through restoration of natural water bodies.(Representative Image/HT File Photo)

Of 600 water bodies identified in GMDA survey, 100 fit for revival

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON APR 06, 2019 03:35 AM IST
As per the 1956 revenue records, there were at least 640 water bodies in Gurugram. These have reduced to just 251 such bodies, show the 2018-19 revenue records. This indicates that 389 water bodies have been lost.
Bengaluru, on the WhatsApp groups of resident welfare associations, the prime topic of discussion is water, or lack of enough of it.(HT File Photo)
Bengaluru, on the WhatsApp groups of resident welfare associations, the prime topic of discussion is water, or lack of enough of it.(HT File Photo)

A bath in half-a-bucket: Early dry days set in for Bengaluru

Hindustan Times, Bengaluru | By Sibi Arasu
UPDATED ON MAR 25, 2019 11:52 AM IST
In some parts of the city, the groundwater level has sunk to more than 1,100 feet when it was found at 650-700 feet a few years ago, and even suppliers of water tankers are finding it difficult to source water.
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