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Monthly Archives: March 2015


DAMS, RIVERS & PEOPLE Jan 2015 and Feb-March 2015 issues

The Jan 2015 issue of DRP magazine can be found at: https://sandrp.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/drp-jan-2015.pdf. The Feb March 2015 issue of DRP magazine can be found at: https://sandrp.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/drp-feb-march-2015.pdf. The Cover pages of the two issues can be seen below:

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ENSURING ENVIRONMENTAL FLOWS IN INDIAN RIVERS

Above: Dead river Yamuna at Mawi (Panipat) in Haryana (Photo by Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan) Guest Blog by: Manoj Misra (yamunajiye@gmail.com) A perennial river that does not flow is no river. This is because flow enables a river to fulfil its…

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Lawlessness in Maharashtra’s Water Sector

Above: Increasing height of a dam which holds no water Photo: Parineeta Dandekar Guest post by Pradeep Purandare, pradeeppurandare@gmail.com Irrigation Laws in Maharashtra: Politics of Non-Implementation Laws are generally enacted to implement the policy by the ruling class & its government…

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Breach in Chamarbandha Embankment in Samastipur-1958

Above: Samastipur Floods 2013  Photo: RailIndia Guest blog by Dr Dinesh Kumar Mishra[1] (dkmishra108@gmail.com) Background There was an unexpectedly heavy flood during 1953 in Bihar that led the State leaders to think about the flood control measures to be taken…

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What ails Irrigation in Karnataka – Recent CAG reports

Guest Blog by Himanshu Upadhyaya (himanshugreen@gmail.com) What ails irrigation in India is probably a frequently asked question. It was asked in an illustrative article in Economic and Political Weekly in mid 1960s. We are told many times that two aspects…

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Thanks to Bagmati Project, They Are on Roads for Forty Years

Guest blog by Dr Dinesh Kumar Mishra[1] (dkmishra108@gmail.com) “We went to meet the collector to ask him whether we were the citizens of this country or not? If, because of the Bagmati Project, our citizenship is terminated, he should issue…

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Battered Maharashtra and Melting Tibet: The Climate Change Connection

Above: Nagpur or Anantnag? Hailstorms of March 2015 in Nagpur  Photo by: Atul Patne ~~ It seems like a bad deja vu. On the 11th March last year, we wrote about hailstorms in Maharashtra. Back then, the hail, unprecedented rains, strong…

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1948 Floods in Bihar-3 Inaugural flood in Bihar after Independence – Assembly Debate

-Guest blog by Dr Dinesh Kumar Mishra (dkmishra108@gmail.com) This years’ flood[1] was discussed in the Bihar Legislative Assembly on the 18th September, 1948 from a different angle than what is common to political forums. Dip Narayan Singh initiated the debate…

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1948 Floods in Bihar-2 Inaugural flood after Independence – Official Version of Floods and its Aftermath

Compiled[1] by Dr Dinesh Kumar Mishra (dkmishra108@gmail.com) Government of Bihar, Revenue Department, Report on the Flood and Relief Operations in Bihar for 1948-49. Superintendent, Government Printing, Bihar, Patna, 1951. Muzaffarpur [2]“During the August floods water from the River Narayani flooded…

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1948 Floods in Bihar-1 – Inaugural flood after Independence – View from Press Gallery

Guest blog by Dr Dinesh Kumar Mishra (dkmishra108@gmail.com) Background Bihar is long known for its floods. The British had left India but their legacy of looking at rivers and their floods was still continuing in 1948[1]. They always favored ‘leaving…

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