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Structural changes at Ridge to save Shimla’s sinking heart

Experts from IIT, Roorkee, suggest rectifying elevation to ensure proper water drainage
In recent years, the popular Ridge has developed cracks near Gaiety Theatre where it has been sinking. The Shimla municipal corporation (SMC) has been trying to save it from sinking further and has sought help from IIT, Roorkee.(Deepak Sansta/HT file)
In recent years, the popular Ridge has developed cracks near Gaiety Theatre where it has been sinking. The Shimla municipal corporation (SMC) has been trying to save it from sinking further and has sought help from IIT, Roorkee.(Deepak Sansta/HT file)
Updated on Sep 21, 2020 03:25 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Shimla | ByNavneet Rathore

Flooding beneficial in short term, harmful if it is prolonged: Experts

Experts said the large amount of untreated sewage, debris and industrial effluents emptying into it is what is harming it.
Strong water flow in the river helps rid it of pollutants, albeit temporarily.(HT image)
Strong water flow in the river helps rid it of pollutants, albeit temporarily.(HT image)
Updated on Aug 20, 2019 01:44 AM IST
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Centre asks parched states to finish drought proofing

The Union rural development ministry has written to all states with water stressed blocks and asked them to finish incomplete drought proofing and water management related works, an official familiar with the matter said.
A worker collects the last bit of water from a small pond in the dried-out Puzhal reservoir on the outskirts of Chennai. Image for representation.(AFP file photo)
A worker collects the last bit of water from a small pond in the dried-out Puzhal reservoir on the outskirts of Chennai. Image for representation.(AFP file photo)
Updated on Jul 03, 2019 08:36 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByJayashree Nandi

Pregnant women suffer as Beed water-less in monsoon

Civic water supply to Beed city continued to be once in 20 days due to inadequate water storage in the Bindusara dam. Pregnant women have been suffering the most even as premature deliveries at the government hospital have risen by 34% in the last one year. June witnessed 92.3mm rainfall in Marathwada- a deficiency of 33%.
Women in Beed, some pregnant, have to walk at least 2km every day to fill a minimal amount of water.(Akshay Rade/ht photo)
Women in Beed, some pregnant, have to walk at least 2km every day to fill a minimal amount of water.(Akshay Rade/ht photo)
Updated on Jul 02, 2019 05:21 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Beed | ByShrinivas Deshpande

Government to set aside 75% NREGS work to conserve water

The move comes even as large parts of India reel under the impact of a water shortage, and with drought looming large in some cases. The IMD said on Monday that at 33%, the month of June saw the biggest deficiency in rains since 2015. Data from the Central Water Commission on June 27 said of the 91 major reservoirs in the country, 62 reported 80% or below normal levels.
Government is reorienting its flagship rural employment guarantee scheme towards water conservation by reserving at least 75% of the 2.58 billion person days expected to be generated during 2019-20 to boost water storage and agricultural activities in the country.(HT Photo)
Government is reorienting its flagship rural employment guarantee scheme towards water conservation by reserving at least 75% of the 2.58 billion person days expected to be generated during 2019-20 to boost water storage and agricultural activities in the country.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 02, 2019 02:18 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySaubhadra Chatterji and Zia Haq

Water crisis: Act now or perish

People must realise that it is critical to reduce consumption
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)
Published on Jun 03, 2019 09:39 PM IST
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26 Maharashtra dams hit zero water storage level

In a far cry from last year’s situation, 26 reservoirs in Maharashtra have reached “zero storage” as on May 18, according to statistics put out by the Water Conservation department of the state government.
The dams in these division are Paithan, Manjara, Majalgaon, Yeldari, Siddeshwar, Lower Terna, Sina Kolegaon and Lower Dhudna, all of which have zero storage at the moment, the department informed.(File photo for representation)
The dams in these division are Paithan, Manjara, Majalgaon, Yeldari, Siddeshwar, Lower Terna, Sina Kolegaon and Lower Dhudna, all of which have zero storage at the moment, the department informed.(File photo for representation)
Updated on May 18, 2019 06:39 PM IST
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Drought in Maharashtra could increase farmer suicides, say experts

Government urged to treat drought as a natural disaster and amend the National Disaster Management Act, 2005 accordingly.
Experts from the city have urged the government to be prepared for such an eventuality (Representative photo)(HT/PHOTO)
Experts from the city have urged the government to be prepared for such an eventuality (Representative photo)(HT/PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 04, 2018 02:33 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Pune | ByShrinivas Deshpande

Water levels of country’s major reservoirs drop

Water levels of the country’s 91 major reservoirs have dropped to 20% of their storage capacity, well below the 10-year average, government data shows.
The decline in rainfall over the last few years has affected the country’s water storage capacity, with the north and the south being worst hit.(AFP/Photo for representation)
The decline in rainfall over the last few years has affected the country’s water storage capacity, with the north and the south being worst hit.(AFP/Photo for representation)
Published on May 11, 2018 12:03 AM IST
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