From drought hit to water secure

Inspiring narrative of how a drought hit taluka in Maharashtra, Shirpur, which receives 550 mm rainfall is coming out of the clutches of water community has built more than 95 check dams and the work still continues..

Interesting parts of the story are the influence of not only regionalism, but casteism which also influences water management investments in Maharashtra.

There are some gray areas like how  compensation paid to farmers who lost their land while rivers and streams were widened and the overall soundness of the idea of widening and deepening river channels. Despite these, this is an inspiring story of how the community reclaimed its water. 

Attack on Dr. Bharat Jhunjhunwala’s home reportedly by agents of private dam

Today Dr Bharat Jhunjhunwala’s house at Devprayag was attacked reportedly by the agents of the Alaknanda hydro company that is building the 330 MW Srinagar hydro project in Uttarakhand. A Press note condemning that attack:

Odisha to enact law to keep Chilika pollution free

HSBC Global Research: Clearly Pro Large Dam

HSBC Global Research is clearly part of the Pro big hydro lobby as is clear from this completely ill informed and misleading report, mindlessly promoting Big Hydro:–Hydro-power-key-to-India-s-energy-security-Study-.html

The lobbying attempt is evident from the factually wrong claims in the report: “Hydro-projects are more eco-friendly, cost-efficient and a renewable source. They do not emit green house gases”, the reporting agency and its author seems to have no idea that not only hydro projects generate green house gases like methane and carbon dioxide, they are not eco friendly, cost efficient or green.

Shockingly, the report goes on to advocate carbon emission reduction credits for the project, which is totally unjustifiable, as these projects DO NOT deserve CDM credits as they are neither additional nor sustainable, which are basic requirements for any projects to qualify for CDM credits.

The report is also WRONG on basic facts: it says installed hydro capacity in India is 34 GW, when it is in excess of 40 GW already.

Instead of looking at the falling efficiency of the existing hydropower projects, the study claims that hydro production is falling due to long gestation period required for projects due to terrain complexity and geopolitical issues of the areas in which the projects are located!