Keyword : Rivers

Death of a river

On a dry winter morning in December 2012, while crossing the bridge over what seemed like narrow waterway in an eastern UP town, I noticed a mountain of garbage in the stream. This shrunken, pollut

302 polluted stretches along 275 rivers across India

There are 302 polluted river stretches along 275 rivers in the country. The pollution assessment is based on the bio-chemical oxygen demand (BOD) levels which are the key indicators of pollution, M

Mumbai’s draft development plan inconsistent, say activists

 A revised draft development plan (DP) for Mumbai has come in for criticism, with experts pointing out inconsistencies and anomalies. The two month window provided by the BMC for sug

Why pump life into Saraswati when other rivers are on deathbed?

The river Saraswati flowed steadily for over 2,000 years, before dying over 4,000 years back. The Haryana government is now intent on bringing it back to life, even as many other rivers across the

And dirty flows the Ganga

“The river [Ganga] is no ordinary image in which the divine has come to dwell. She is celestial-unmediated and immediate. Whatever is holy, whatever is merciful, whatever is utterly auspiciou

Ganga dam(ned)

The government aims to profit from the longest river of the country by using it as a water highway. It has expressed interest in dredging lengthy stretches of the Ganga, building barrages and thus

In Ballia, how poisonous arsenic has ravaged the rivers

Arsenic took my brother’s life. He had developed a wound on his foot from where blood and pus used to ooze out all the time. Despite that, he fought for all of us and tried his best to bring

Ganga is now comparatively clean – in some stretches

The 2,500 km long river Ganga is relatively clean in some parts. Union minister Vijay Goel informed the Lok Sabha that water quality monitoring of river Ganga is being carried out by

Ganga, Modi and people’s unwavering faith

When the truth was a few steps away from Modi’s gaze In November 2014, prime minister Narendra Modi made his first visit to his constituency Varanasi and laun

A happy, gurgling Ganga and that sinking feeling

The river Ganga that the people in the plains know is very ill. It is odious. Well, what they perhaps don’t realise is that the river is not like that when she begins her journey from the Gan

Law needed for desilting

The issue of desilting of rivers has been brought up from time to time, particularly when floods caused extensive damage. Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has infact been quite vocal for his dem

Remembering Anupam Mishra, on his first death anniversary

Anupam Mishra, widely known for his book ‘Aaj Bhi Khare Hain Talab’ – about reviving traditional methods of water conservation, passed away on this day a year ago.

Over 300 river stretches are polluted

There are 302 polluted river stretches, which is primarily due to discharge of untreated municipal sewage and industrial effluent, parliament was informed. Union minister Mahesh Shar

No development zone along Ganga river

No construction can be carried out up to 100 metres from the Ganga river, parliament was informed on Thursday. Union minister Dr Satya Pal Singh said that a model Draft Bill for Floo

River interlinking programme is being taken up on priority: Gadkari

The interlinking of river (ILR) programme has been taken up on high priority, union minister Nitin Gadkari informed parliament. The minister said that the National Perspective Plan (NPP) was

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