WATER RESOURCES

  • Watershed conservation can reduce pollution in India: Study December 10, 2014

    Kolkata: Indian cities like Mumbai, Gurgaon, Rajkot and several others that suffer from water pollution, have the potential to reduce pollution at the source by 10 per cent through practices like watershed conservation and river bank restoration, a new study says. The recently released "Urban Water Blueprint" study by The Nature...
  • Water Resource Minister Uma Bharti defends expenditure on Ganga meet November 7, 2014

    New Delhi: Water Resource Minister Uma Bharti defended the expenditure of nearly Rs 44 lakh on a Clean Ganga meeting here, saying the money went to a government agency for organising the event and had not gone waste. "We will organise more such programmes. We ensure government money goes back...
  • Centre to constitute 25 special teams to expedite PM Modi's project of cleaning Ganga November 2, 2014

    New Delhi: Expediting Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pet project of cleansing the Ganga, the Centre will be constituting 25 special teams to check the source of pollution of the holy river so that further action could be taken accordingly. The teams to be drawn from different wings of the Ministry of...
  • IndiaAustralia sign civil nuclear agreement, agree on bilateral maritime exercise September 5, 2014

    New Delhi: India and Australia on Friday signed the longawaited civil nuclear agreement that will allow Australia to export uranium to India as well as three other agreements, including on water resources and in sports during Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott visit to India. The four agreements were inked as Prime...
  • Committed to clean Ganga: Centre to SC September 2, 2014

    New Delhi: Narendra Modi government on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that it is committed to clean Ganga, which was its prepoll promise, and steps would be taken to prevent any pollution going into the holy river. In a affidavit filed in the apex court, the Centre said a consortium...
  • Jitan Ram Manjhi expresses concern over depletion of water resources August 17, 2014

    Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Saturday expressed grave concern over growing water shortage and said unless there was 20 to 33 per cent forest coverage there could not be adequate rainfall. "Studies suggest that unless we have in between 20 to 33 per cent forest coverage adequate rainfall would...
  • Government preparing plans to rejuvenate Ganga and other rivers, says Uma Bharti June 25, 2014

    The Government is in the process of preparing a compact plan to rejuvenate river Ganga and the same parameters will be implemented to cleanup other rivers in the country, Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti said on Wednesday. "River Ganga is a leader of other rivers like Narendra Modi is the...
  • Government suspends 9 engineers for substandard work in irrigation project June 24, 2014

    Chhattisgarh Government has suspended five assistant engineers and four subengineers of Water Resources Department over irregularities in execution of an irrigation project in Bilaspur division, a top official said. The irregularities related to extension, renovation and modernisation of canals under Minimata Bango dam project. The officials were suspended after the Department's...
  • Nationwide plantation drive on Tuesday to remember Uttarakhand June 16, 2014

    A nationwide plantation drive would be organised on Tuesdayto mark the first anniversary of the Uttarakhand tragedy, Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti on Monday announced. She told reporters in New Delhi that the drive will be held in Gangotri, Haridwar, Kanpur, Allahabad, Varanasi, Patna, Nabadwip and Ganga Sagar (both in...
  • We will make Ganga 'pious' again, says Uma Bharti May 28, 2014

    Water Resource Minister Uma Bharti on Wednesday vowed to clean up river Ganga, one of the key priorities of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has won the election from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. "Efforts will be made to make it clean, as pious as it was in the past with the...
  • Govt engineer nabbed for accepting bribe in Bihar March 26, 2014

    The Economic Offences Unit (EOU) of the Bihar Police, on Wednesday, caught an official of the Minor Water Resources Department red-handed while accepting a bribe. Minor Water Resources superintending engineer Sudarshan Singh, who was posted at Muzaffarpur tubewell circle, was arrested while accepting a bribe of Rs 10,000, EOU IG Praveen...
  • EC allows Water Ministry to seek Cabinet's nod for scheme October 23, 2013

    With the model code of conduct in force, the Water Resources Ministry had sought the Election Commission's approval to place before the Union Cabinet a scheme to better predict floods, which the EC has allowed. The Ministry had recently approached the poll panel to seek its approval on placing before the...
  • State receives 38.91 per cent excess rainfall August 5, 2013

    Rajasthan received 346.33 mm rainfall in the last two months, which is 38.91 per cent more than the corresponding months last year, according to a data of Water Resources Department. From June 1 to July 31, the average normal rainfall in Rajasthan was 346.33 mm as against 249.38 mm last...
  • Govt to declare 2013 as Water Conservation Year May 9, 2013

    New Delhi: With per capita availability of water depleting at a faster pace, the government on Thursday approved a proposal to declare 2013 as Water Conservation Year under which awareness programmes will be launched for conservation of the scarce natural resource. Under the proposal, which got the nod of the Union...
  • Ashok Gehlot in Israel to bring back farm technology April 29, 2013

    Jaipur: A delegation from Rajasthan led by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot now visiting Israel held talks with officials on cooperation in agriculture, horticulture and water resources, a statement issued here said on Sunday. Cooperation in water management, particularly drip and sprinkler irrigation in waterdeficient Rajasthan, was also discussed, the statement...
  • Governance challenges in water management and water use efficiency February 1, 2013

    An effective governance mechanism is of paramount importance for water management and water use efficiency. The issue of governance is multidimensional, encompassing social, economic, political, and legal institutions, and supported by a responsive policy framework to ensure sustainability and water use efficiency. Governance of the water sector is complex, involving actors...
  • PM allays fear of states on national framework on water December 28, 2012

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on December 28 allayed fears of the states on the proposed national legal framework on water, saying the Centre has no intention of encroaching upon their rights on the issue. "The central government does not wish to encroach, in any manner, upon the constitutionally...
  • PM to chair meet on National Water Policy 2012 today December 28, 2012

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, as head of the National Water Resources Council, will be chairing a meet on National Water Policy, 2012 on Friday. Experts and nongovernmental organisations working in the water sector have urged Singh to recognise people's access to safe water as a fundamental human right,...
  • Irrigation scam: Central water panel writes to Maharashtra October 31, 2012

    Mumbai: The Central Water Commission has written to the state Water Resources Ministry asking it to furnish full details of all contracts (above Rs 1 crore) awarded in the 17 irrigation projects in Maharashtra that are partly funded by the Central government. The letter seeks details of works awarded, beginning...
  • 25 states drinking unsafe water: Ministry data May 4, 2012

    New Delhi: Are we drinking poisoned water? According to data submitted in Parliament, groundwater across 25 states is contaminated with chemicals beyond permissible limits, and this may cause severe health complications. Dangerous levels of fluorides, nitrates and heavy metals like lead have been found in pockets of 158 districts across 25...
  • SC approves Govt's project of interlinking rivers February 27, 2012

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court has approved the government's project of interlinking rivers. The apex court has directed the Central and State governments to implement the projects under the interlinking of rivers scheme. Observing that the project has already been delayed resulting in an increase in its cost, a threejudge bench...
  • Meira Kumar, lone face from Bihar in the new Cabinet May 29, 2009

    New Delhi: Meira Kumar, who was on Thursday appointed as Union Minister of Water Resources, is the lone face from Bihar in the new Cabinet. Daughter of deputy prime minister and late Dalit leader Babu Jagjivan Ram, Kumar (64) joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1973 and served at embassies in...
  • I tried my best to perform well: Saifuddin Soz May 23, 2009

    Former Water Resources minister Saifuddin Soz has been dropped from the Cabinet. Speaking exclusively to CNNIBN, Soz says he has worked hard and performed his best in the ministry. CNNIBN: Are you expecting to be in the Cabinet? Saifuddin Soz: Everyone has ambitions and expectations. It is the honourable Prime Minister's prerogative....