Category: Rivers

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


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

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Above: Pandhapur wari, the yearly pilgrimage on Bhima banks (Source: 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


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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Kirtinasha to Vidrupa: The Lesser River Goddesses of South Asia


Above: Narmada at Khalghat Photo: Parineeta Dandekar “Ahalya, you will be an eternal dry river. Your path will be rocky and parched. You will receive water only when you meet the pious Godavari. That will be your only redemption”. Thus…

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Krishna River in Maharashtra: A Profile


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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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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Digging Our Rivers’ Graves?


A summary analysis of the ecological impacts of the National Waterways Bill (2015) – Nachiket Kelkar (  Introduction: The National Waterways Bill (NWB, Bill No. 122 of 2015) was tabled by the current central government’s Minister of Transport and Shipping,…

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What does the Draft National Wildlife Action Plan have to offer for our Rivers?

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Draft of India’s upcoming National Wildlife Action Plan (NWAP) has been put in open domain for comments. A perusal of this Draft indicates that although it is a detailed document, it has nothing to offer for our Rivers, which receive…

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River Sand Mining in India in 2015

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Unsustainable sand mining from riverbeds can have huge social, environmental, geomorphic and disastrous impacts for rivers. In this three part report, SANDRP is trying to provide a picture of what happened on this issue in 2015 in India. This first…

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Dams, Rivers & People News Bulletin 16 Nov. 2015 (Tamil Nadu floods claim 95 lives)


Incessant rains continued to disrupt normal life in Chennai and across Tamil Nadu on Monday, with the death toll rising to 95. Many areas in Chennai have been inundated, road traffic has been severely hit and schools and colleges are…

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