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Lakes in Courts: Cases on Protection of Lakes

Every Indian city, worth its salt, was known by its water body. In fact, localities were named after this wealth. It made the city, because, people understood the connection between these structures built to harvest rain and their drinking water.

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Old Mirrors Traditional Ponds of Kolkata

Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has come up with a book on ponds of  Kolkata called "Old Mirrors-Traditional ponds of Kolkata" in the begining of this year. The author of the book is Mohit Ray. Ray is the founder director of a Kolkata based non profit organization, Vasundhara. He has documented 48 ponds of Kolkata. The age of some ponds is 250 years and 24 of them are 200-300 years old.  He had studies all the 48 ponds in details. He gave an elaborate history of the ponds and along with that he researched out the present conditions of these water bodies.

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Environmentalists fighting to save the Ousteri lake

Ousteri lake (Osudu lake) is one of the examples in the history of deterioration of wetlands where a long wait for the final judgment is taking the lake towards a slow death process.

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Training programme on ‘Designing of Rainwater Harvesting for Sustainable Drinking Water Supply System’ for UP Jal Nigam and WSSO officials

Date: August 5-8, 2013

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) designated as Key Resource Centre under the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MoDWS) is organizing a four days training programme on ‘Designing of Rainwater Harvesting for Sustainable Drinking Water Supply System’ from 5-8 August 2013. 

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Date: August 5-8, 2013

Churning still water: Round table for finalisation of draft framework legislation for the protection and conservation of waterbodies in South Asia

Surface water sources such as lakes, ponds and rivers are very important as they help in flood control, ground water  recharge and storm protection. They also secure water for drinking, agriculture and industrial purposes. They play an important role in mitigating and adapting to the climate change effects. Once, lakes and wetlands played a vital role in South Asia’s urban landscape, but rapid urbanisation in the region has led to massive encroachment and pollution of its waterbodies.

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 Date: 17-18 December, 2013

Water Management

The water and sewage management in cities will determine the growth of cities in India. Most cities are today water stressed, unable to cope with the water demand of the growing urban populations and to treat the resulting wastewater. Cities are continually coping with different forms of crises – water scarcity in summer, floods in monsoons and water pollution throughout the year.

River Pollution

With growing urbanisation and industralisation India faces the challenge of providing clean and safe drinking water to all citizens. In the name of economic growth most rivers and streams are turning into sewers. As more and more rivers are getting polluted, the municipalities are finding it difficult to treat river water to safe levels and supply it to citizens.
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Rainfall Data for major cities of India

The page provides rainfall data for most of the major cities (28) of India. The data source is National Data Centre, India Met. Department, Pune. The values are 25-year average for a period of approximately between early eighties and early two thousands. The user can click on the cities to get the average annual rainfall and number of rainy days.

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Lake under scanner

Construction of a new housing project adjacent to the Khurpa tal by the Army Welfare Housing Organization (AWHO) has caused afresh hue and cry among the villagers in the surrounding area when Dr. Ajay S. Rawat, Professor of History in Kumaon University filed a PIL against the illegal boring of groundwater in the area this January.

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Where is the lake?

The Bellandur Lake is in the news nowadays because the Lake which once acted as a major source of water to the city of Bangalore, Karnataka has now been converted to a sewage drain completely. The dumping started in the late 90’s when the people of the region started depending on river Cauvery for their water requirements.

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