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River Sand Mining in India in 2016-II- Governments Show no Will to Regulate

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  In the second part of three-part blog series SANDRP presents an overview of steps taken by Central and State Governments on this issue of river sand mining practices in the year 2016. CENTRAL GOVERNMENT The year 2016 started with…

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River Sand Mining in India in 2016

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For past many years, incidents of illegal river sand mining across the country are on the rise. Given its resultant and adverse impact on river system and dependent communities, various state and central governments continue to go through the motions…

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Cauvery: Is there will for way forward? Will constitution of CMB help?

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Above Map of Cauvery basin from Indian Express, Sept 22, 2016 Higher demands than availability is the key problem in Cauvery basin. transparent, participatory, democratic, rule based management of demands over supply is the key need. Unfortunately, we do not…

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DRP News Bulletin 5 Sept 2016: Is there hope for India’s Environment from Mr Anil Dave?

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ENVIRONMENT GOVERNANCE Is there hope for India’s Environment from Mr Anil Dave? Most shocking statements from India’s environment Minister. He says let us do Ken Betwa link when the project has NONE of the statutory clearances from his own ministries….

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Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal: Trouble brewing in Paradise

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Karnataka is still reeling from the protests, rasta roko, bandhs, burning effigies, etc., resulting from the anger over the Interim Verdict of Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal[i] (MWDT) of the 27.07.16 which did not allow Karnataka’s Appeal to temporarily lift 7…

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India facing its worst water crisis ever: Himanshu Thakkar

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Find below interview of SANDRP coordinator Himanshu Thakkar by Aditi Phadnis, Business Standard. The interview was published in Business Standard on the 14th May 2016 (http://www.business-standard.com/article/opinion/india-facing-its-worst-water-crisis-ever-himanshu-thakkar-116051400704_1.html) ~~ Environmental activist and water expert Himanshu Thakkar tells Aditi Phadnis that India needs…

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Letter to PM: Devise a policy for curbing hydropower water diversions during drought years

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Above: Red arrows indicate diversion of water from Tata Dams into surplus basin. Source: Google earth images and SANDRP Since past three years, SANDRP has been raising the issue of West-ward water transfer during drought years by hydropower dams. Maharashtra annually diverts…

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Karnataka: Profile of 2015-16 Drought

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Karnataka is witnessing drought for the third successive year; rainfall has been deficient since 2012-13. Because of the rainfall deficit, reservoirs did not fill up completely. Coupled with the hot summer temperatures in March and April 2016, the stored water…

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Scientist’s Open Letter to Karnataka CM: “Yettinaholé project is ecologically disastrous and economically unviable”

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We are happy to publish full text of an Open Letter written by Dr. T.V. Ramchandra, Center for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, to Karnataka CM Shri. Siddaramaiah. The letter transparently questions Yettinahole Project, while strongly rebutting Karnataka Neeravari…

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Godavari Krishna River Linking: Are we celebrating an illegal, unnecessary & misconceived water transfer project?

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The national media seems to be celebrating linking of Godavari and Krishna River in Andhra Pradesh on September 16, 2015 as the first major step towards Inter Linking of Rivers in India. An emotional Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Shri N…

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