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Environment be damned, there’s no stopping paver blocks in Mohali

By Hillary Victor | Hindustan Times, Mohali, Mohali
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2020 12:25 AM IST
No policy in place, MC laid interlocking paver blocks in entire city at 45 crore in two years
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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’

By Mohit Khanna | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
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.
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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

By HT Correspondent | Gurugram
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.
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Officials added that the GMDA’s focus would be on planting indigenous trees and plant varieties.(Parveen Kumar/HT FILE)
Officials added that the GMDA’s focus would be on planting indigenous trees and plant varieties.(Parveen Kumar/HT FILE)

GMDA will spend Rs 2 crore for building tree cover in the newer sectors

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Gurugram
UPDATED ON AUG 06, 2019 08:12 AM IST
Rajbir Singh, advisor, urban environment, GMDA, explained that the agency relies mainly on corporate to help maintain green belts in the more developed parts of the city.
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Most housing societies have rain harvesting systems, but they are installed just to get completion certificates and are dysfunctional.(HT file photo)
Most housing societies have rain harvesting systems, but they are installed just to get completion certificates and are dysfunctional.(HT file photo)

GDA orders survey to find status of 799 rainwater harvesting units in city

By Peeyush Khandelwal | Hindustan Times, Ghaziabad
UPDATED ON JUL 10, 2019 05:56 PM IST
Officials said that as per their list, there are a total of 799 RWH units in residential buildings in the areas under GDA’S jurisdiction. All of these were given No-objection Certificate after 2012.
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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

By Kartik Kumar | Gurugram
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.
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Chandra’s plea follows a previous petition against concretisation of the Badshahpur drain, which had been disposed off by the NGT in February, to the dismay of city environmentalists.(HT Photo)
Chandra’s plea follows a previous petition against concretisation of the Badshahpur drain, which had been disposed off by the NGT in February, to the dismay of city environmentalists.(HT Photo)

NGT seeks report on recharge capacity of drain in Gurugram

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Gurugram
UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2019 02:15 AM IST
This development comes as part of a petition filed by Gurugram resident Vaishali Rana Chandra against “illegal” concretisation of the water body, which acts as the city’s principal drainage channel.
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The summer of 2019 is turning out to be a searing one for most parts of India. If there is one district that is indicative of a massive crisis that could soon unfold across other parts of the country, it is Beed in Maharashtra(Bloomberg)
The summer of 2019 is turning out to be a searing one for most parts of India. If there is one district that is indicative of a massive crisis that could soon unfold across other parts of the country, it is Beed in Maharashtra(Bloomberg)

Water crisis: Act now or perish

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON JUN 03, 2019 09:39 PM IST
People must realise that it is critical to reduce consumption
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The NGT last week disposed of a petition by a Delhi-based non-profit against encroachments on public land in Sector 72, after remedial actions taken by the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram were found to be sufficient by the court.(Hindustan Times)
The NGT last week disposed of a petition by a Delhi-based non-profit against encroachments on public land in Sector 72, after remedial actions taken by the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram were found to be sufficient by the court.(Hindustan Times)

NGT disposes of petition against Sector Gurugram 72 encroachments, finds MCG action sufficient

By HT Correspondent | Gurugram
UPDATED ON MAY 09, 2019 08:23 AM IST
Activists have long held this region to be an important area for groundwater recharge as Badshahpur drain passes through it
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In a report released recently, the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar, University of California, and the India Meteorological Department, Pune, said nearly 50% of the country is currently facing drought with at least 16% falling in the “exceptional” or “extreme” category(Hindustan Times)
In a report released recently, the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar, University of California, and the India Meteorological Department, Pune, said nearly 50% of the country is currently facing drought with at least 16% falling in the “exceptional” or “extreme” category(Hindustan Times)

Rivers are critical for groundwater recharge

By Manoj Misra
UPDATED ON MAR 11, 2019 07:36 PM IST
India’s groundwater recharge is not adequate even though drought conditions are making us extract more and more of the resource, and that the people are wasting too much water.
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Backflow from the Badshahpur drain has been identified as a key reason for urban flooding in Gurugram, especially 2016’s infamous ‘Gurujam’.(Sanjeev Verma/HT File Photo)
Backflow from the Badshahpur drain has been identified as a key reason for urban flooding in Gurugram, especially 2016’s infamous ‘Gurujam’.(Sanjeev Verma/HT File Photo)

NGT disposes off petition on Badshahpur drain, green activists unhappy

By Prayag Arora-Desai | Hindustan Times, Gurugram
UPDATED ON FEB 11, 2019 03:01 PM IST
Encroachments by real estate companies and civic authorities, who have been concretising the drain, had severely reduced the Badshahpur drain’s ability to channel runoff and recharge the underlying water table.
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The Badshahpur nullah in Gurugram’s Gwal Pahari helps channel monsoon run-off and recharging groundwater supply.(HT File)
The Badshahpur nullah in Gurugram’s Gwal Pahari helps channel monsoon run-off and recharging groundwater supply.(HT File)

Gurugram administration given ‘last chance’ to implement NGT order on Badshahpur-Kost drain

By Prayag Arora-Desai | Hindustan Times, Gurugram, Gurugram
UPDATED ON JAN 28, 2019 03:17 PM IST
On November 20, 2018, the NGT had ordered the demolition of encroachments on the Badshahpur nullah based on a report by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC).
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