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49,000 farmers agree to give up paddy cultivation

By : Sustainability ..., Jun 9, 2020

The government had launched the scheme “Mera Paani, Meri Virasat”, under which it planned to reduce the area under paddy by 1 lakh hectares by diversifying to other crops like cotton, maize, bajra and pulses, besides horticulture. Paddy is grown on over 12 lakh hectares in...

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GNIDA plans to earn Rs 1.2 crore from treated wastewater

By : Sustainability ..., Mar 19, 2020

Opening up another revenue stream, the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) is eyeing at a yearly revenue of Rs 1.25 crore through trade of treated water. From the next financial year, the authority plans to sell recycled waste water to industries at the...

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India & World Bank sign $450m loan to improve groundwater mgmt in 7 states

By : Sustainability ..., Feb 18, 2020

The Government of India and the World Bank today signed a $450 million loan agreement to support the national programme to arrest the country’s depleting groundwater levels and strengthen groundwater institutions. The World Bank-supported Atal Bhujal Yojana (ABHY) – National...

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Over 1,000 experts call for global action on 'depleting' groundwater

By : Sustainability ..., Dec 26, 2019

Nearly 1,100 scientists, practitioners and experts in groundwater and related fields from 92 countries have called on the governments and nongovernmental agencies to "act now" to ensure global groundwater sustainability. In a statement, the group noted that groundwater...

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Punjab to set up regulatory authority to check depletion of ground water

By : Sustainability ..., Dec 5, 2019

The Punjab Cabinet on Wednesday gave its nod for the creation of the Punjab Water Regulation and Development Authority to check depletion of underground water in the state. Though the authority will be empowered to issue directions on water extraction, it will not be...

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22% of India’s groundwater dried up or in critical state: Gajendra Singh Shekhawat

By : Sustainability ..., Nov 25, 2019

Almost 22% of groundwater (assessed un- its) in the country has either dried up or is in the ‘critical’ and ‘over-exploited’ categories, Jal Shakti (water resources) minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said as he emphasised the need to focus on efficient use of water resources...

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CSE conducts survey to analyse on-grid solar pumps in water-scarce areas

By : Sustainability ..., Nov 8, 2019

The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), Delhi, conducted a survey of districts that are highly dependent on solar pumps and has come up with a range of recommendations, including making these units on-grid in water-scarce areas. In the wake of the expanding role of...

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Parched manufacturing city in India brings in water by rail

By : Sustainability ..., Jul 30, 2019

Amid the green Yelagiri hills of southern India, the train inches along the tracks, carrying what has become precious cargo: drinking water bound for Chennai, India’s parched Motor City. Demand...

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Under NDA, rural drinking water takes a back seat

By : Sustainability ..., Apr 8, 2019

Water is central to human sustenance but millions of Indians do not get enough of it. In 2015, 163 million Indians lacked access to clean water near their homes, the highest figure in the world...

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Delhi at epicentre of global groundwater crisis: Report

By : Sustainability ..., Feb 25, 2019

New research has shown that the largest groundwater depletion in the world is happening in northern India. Delhi is the...

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