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Category: Maharashtra


Maharashtra Urban water sector in 2016: Big cities eyeing big dams

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Above: Pipelines which supply water to Pune City from Khadakwasla Dam (Photo: Amruta Pradhan, SANDRP) Urban narrative of Maharashtra revolves predominantly around cities of Mumbai (along with the Mumbai Metropolitan Region i.e. MMR), Pune, Nagpur and Nashik. Dominance of these…

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Bhima River in Maharashtra: A profile

Pandharpur wari, the yearly pilgrimage at Pandharpur (Source: pandharpurwari.com)

Above: Pandhapur wari, the yearly pilgrimage on Bhima banks (Source: pandharpurwari.com) Bhima River, the largest tributary of Krishna River holds a special significance for the state of Maharashtra. The river is closely woven with the spiritual fabric of the state….

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NGT stays work of Pune Metro affecting rivers: Another violation of the river floodplain

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In a welcome move Western Zone Bench of National Green Tribunal (NGT) issued an interim stay on the proposed portion of the metro route passing through the Mutha river bed in the Pune city.[i] This directive was passed in an…

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Maharashtra Water Sector Review of 2016: Revival of scam tainted dams

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When the Chief Minister of Maharashtra told the state Assembly on July 21, 2015, “We pushed large dams, not irrigation” he had raised much hopes for the state with a fresh memory of worst ever dam scam and drought termed…

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Krishna River in Maharashtra: A Profile

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Above: Menawali Ghat at Wai, Satara Dist (Photo: Sanket Deshpande) The mighty Krishna River bears the name of Lord Krishna; the beloved dark and dusky lord worshipped throughout the country. Originating but a few kilometers from Arabian Sea, the river…

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Tracing the Maharashtra Irrigation Scam: From 2012 to 2016

Retaining wall of Gosikhurd RBC slid down from its location (Photo: Jan Manch)

Above: Retaining wall of Gosikhurd RBC slid down from its location  Photo: Jan Manch Aftermath of the irrigation scam exposed in 2012 in Maharashtra still continues. Roots of the scam were pointed out time and again by Comptroller & Auditor…

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Sinchan Shodh Yatra finds Gosikhurd Right Bank Canal incomplete even after a decade of construction

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Above: Irrigation official confronting the angry farmer from Asolamendha village in Chandrapur District of Maharashtra Photo: Amruta Pradhan “Farmers are dying… but your procedures have to be complete…” Sight of an angry farmer saying this to an irrigation official has…

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Public Audits of corruption ridden irrigation projects in Vidarbha: Sinchan Shodh Yatra

Trees and shrubs grown in half done Right Bank Canal of Gosikhurd Dam (Photo: Jan Manch)

Right Bank Canal of Gosikhurd Dam (Photo: Jan Manch) Controversial irrigation projects of Maharashtra continue to make headlines after massive irrigation scam that was unveiled in 2012. Following an inquiry in the scam, the state cabinet has recently scrapped 94…

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This is the time to protect Pulse Farmers in Marathwada

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“I have harvested Moong (green gram) from my farm, now I’m harvesting Udad (black gram). Their price is crashing each day…I may not get even the Minimum Support Price (MSP)…But I’m not supposed to care about the price… its solely…

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My visits to Pune’s Sewage Treatment Plants: Citizens Not Allowed!

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Like almost all urban areas, Pune’s seage management has been dismal. In a recent Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed against Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) in National Green Tribunal (NGT) for failing to control water pollution in Mula Mutha Rivers it…

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