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Task Force Formed To Seal Illegal Water Bottling Plants
Source :   The Hindu City :  Delhi Published Date :   26-06-2010  

The Delhi Government has constituted a seven-member task force to take stringent action against illegal water bottling plants operating in the city.


After Residents Fall Ill, BMC To Check Water Quality
Source :   Express India City :  Mumbai Published Date :   26-06-2010  

With over 20 cases of malaria, jaundice and flu being reported from a building in Dadar over the last one month, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation BMC has decided to check the water for contamination.

“We will check the water pipeline and the drainage pipeline adjoining the MHADA-owned Shivneri Building in Dadar east,” said Harshad A Kale, assistant municipal commissioner, F South Ward. “Recently, many cases of malaria, jaundice and flu have been reported in the building,” said Subodh Jadhav, vice president, Shivneri Residents Association......

WB Aid Of $372 Million To Improve Coastal Zone, Water Supply Projects
Source :   Financial Express City :  Chennai Published Date :   26-06-2010  

The World Bank has approved two projects worth $372 million to India, consisting of a $222-million IDA credit for the integrated coastal zone management project ICZMP and a $150-million IDA credit in additional financing for the ongoing Karnataka rural water supply and sanitation project KRWSS, according to a release.

India unique coastal and marine ecological resources continue to be under stress from rapid urban-industrialisation and from increasing coastal hazards, putting the health of some 63 million people living in the low-elevation coastal areas in jeopardy......

Rajasthan Focus Now On Water Harvesting
Source :   The Hindu City :  Jaipur Published Date :   26-06-2010  

The Rajasthan Government Labour and Employment Department will take up construction of water harvesting structures in its offices where space is available and plant trees during the coming monsoon season.

According to Principal Labour Secretary Manohar Kant here on Tuesday, this would be a significant addition to State-wide efforts for water conservation and would promote awareness among the staff to make optimum use of the rain waters......

Rational Use Of Groundwater
Source :   Business Standard City :  Delhi Published Date :   26-06-2010  

The Planning Commission advice to the Haryana government to levy a cess on agricultural power to raise funds for replenishing dwindling groundwater is wise counsel that is likely to fall on deaf ears. There is no denying that the continuous decline in groundwater levels across the subcontinent and weak attempts at replenishment constitute a grave threat to human security in this part of the world. Haryana is not a lonely sinner.

Punjab, western Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan in its vicinity are equally guilty of extracting more groundwater than is naturally replenished, causing the water table to decline sharply. Though the gains from tapping groundwater for crop production have, in the past, been spectacular, it has now reached a stage where it is jeopardising the future of agriculture in this key bread basket of the country......

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