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Forest land the size of Kolkata diverted for projects over past three years -Mayank Aggarwal

itions on which environment ministry clears the diversion. The Indian government has diverted over 20,000 hectares of forest area for developmental activities such as mining, thermal power plants, dams, road, railways and irrigation projects in the past three years (2015-18) across India. According to the official data revealed by the National Democratic Alliance government in Parliament in December 2018, a total of 20,314.12 hectares of forest

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Dam Safety Bill: its objective, the objections -Pradeep Kaushal

-The Indian Express The Bill provides for “surveillance, inspection, operation and maintenance of specified dams for prevention of dam failure related disasters and to provide for institutional mechanism to ensure their safe functioning”. New Delhi: WHEN THE government introduced the Dam Safety Bill, 2018 in Lok Sabha last week, BJD floor leader Bhartruhari Mahtab questioned Parliament’s competence to do so. Days later, Tami

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Two states and a river: More power or more water? -Amita Bhaduri

joining the Bay of Bengal at Odisha’s coast. Of late, Odisha has been complaining about the reduced flow of water at the Hirakud dam—Asia’s longest earthen dam—because of the dams and barrages constructed upstream by Chhattisgarh. “Yet, coal-fired power plants that have put the water resources and people to severe stress have never come up for discussion between the two states. Instead, the state governments are using

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Why is Maharashtra reeling under drought? -Alok Deshpande

story of the State since Independence. It has accused the government of working only from Twitter and losing touch with reality. Which area is worst hit? As of November 16, water storage in all dams stood at 55.25% of the total capacity. On the same day last year, the storage was 73.91%. The Marathwada division is the worst affected region, with the total water storage down to 22.17%, as against 68.34% last year. The Nashik division (in north Ma

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Researchers warn Kerala of more landslides -Vinson Kurian

-The Hindu Business Line The North-East monsoon could reactivate ‘aborted landslides’ in hilly areas Thiruvananthapuram: While managing dams and reservoirs, Kerala should opt for an approach that maximises power generation by suitably incorporating weather prediction needs. This is one of the major highlights of a survey of the damage from the August floods by a team headed by Thomas Oommen, geoscientist and Associate Professor

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Preparing for the floods -G Anand & AJ James

ity to put in place climate-resilient water management The recent floods in Kerala saw heroic rescues from raging rivers swollen by unprecedented rains — and the opening of shutters of major dams. There were allegations of ‘human blunders’ while the government said it could have done little else. The truth is that India has not learnt its lessons from recent floods, in Assam, Bihar and Tamil Nadu, and without addressing the underl

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Cabinet clears Rs. 3,466 crore dam improvement project

-The Hindu 198 existing dams in seven States will benefit The government has approved a 65% hike, and extended by two years, a project to improve the stability and working of dams in 11 States. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the Dam Rehabilitation Improvement Project (DRIP) project on Wednesday. Out of the Rs.3,466 crore cleared, R

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Dam disclosures: on the Kerala floods -Ramesh Chennithala

-The Hindu The deluge in Kerala was made worse by inefficient management of 34 dams The people of Kerala have braved the worst calamity since the great flood of 1924. The floodwaters have receded from most of the affected areas barring Kuttanad. Most people have gone back to their homes from relief camps, only to find them battered beyond redemption. As the State is coming back to a “new normal” after the devastation, it is time to

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