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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......

Corporation Puts Up Rainwater Harvesting Structure
Source :   The Hindu City :  Coimbatore Published Date :   26-06-2010  

The Coimbatore Corporation has put up a rainwater harvesting structure measuring around 200 sq.ft. At Chinthamani Nagar of Ward 62, with the twin objective of recharging the aquifer and also solving a 20-year problem of water stagnation.

The civic body has used a reserved site, north of NSR Road, to put up the structure 15 ft below the road level. “The structure runs another 15 ft deep. Siruthuli a public initiative for water resources conservation has sunk a 280-ft deep bore well,” Mayor R. Venkatachalam said on Monday......

SHRC Orders Filing Of Report On Water Contamination
Source :   The Hindu City :  Chennai Published Date :   26-06-2010  

The State Human Rights Commission on Monday ordered that the Chairman, Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board TNPCB, Commissioner, Chennai Corporation, and the Chennai District Collector should file a report to the Commission on a report regarding contamination of groundwater in West Mogappair.

Taking suo motu cognisance of a report in The Hindu dated June 21, a Bench of the Commission comprising Justice A.S.Venkatachalamoorthy, Chairperson, and A. R.Selvakumar, Member, said the officials should file the report on the various averments made in the news item. It should be sent to the Commission in three days. As per the report, the residents alleged that the contamination was due to leak of oil from a petrol filling station nearby......

World Bank Okays $150-m Loan For Drinking Water Project In North Karnataka
Source :   Business Line City :  Bangalore Published Date :   19-06-2010  

The World Bank has approved financing of $150 million Rs 810 crore credits for the second phase of the Karnataka Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project KRWSS to be implemented in 11 districts of north Karnataka.

The KRWSS, also called the Jal Nirmal Project JNP, is part of the Bank long-term support to the Government efforts to increase rural communities access to improved and sustainable drinking water and sanitation services......

Water Purification Plant At Marina
Source :   The Hindu City :  Chennai Published Date :   19-06-2010  

Students of 25 more Chennai schools will get access to safe drinking water this year as voluntary organisations have come forward to install purification plants, Mayor M.Subramanian said here on Tuesday.

He was inaugurating a water purification plant installed by the Lions Clubs International District 324 A1 near Labour Statue on the Marina Beach. The facility, installed at a cost of Rs.9 lakh, could treat 9,000 litres of water every day. Nearly 40,000 people visit the beach every day......

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