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Piped Dream -Moumita Chaudhuri

-The Telegraph With the Assembly elections approaching, water has again become a promise. Is it indeed possible to ensure every household in the state gets clean piped water supply within the next four years? Nothing can be more shameful if a government that has been in power for 18 years cannot even provide basics like clean Drinking Water.” So said Union home minister Amit Shah in 2018, when he was in Odisha...

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Gujarat: No mobile tower, Drinking Water, electricity supply; villagers boycott bypolls in Kaprada, Morbi -Kamaal Saiyed and Gopal Kateshiya

-The Indian Express Twenty-six villages in Pardi taluka fall under the Kaprada Assembly seat. Tarmaliya, with around 700 voters, is located in the most interior parts of the constituency. Rajkot, Surat: AROUND 40 students at Tarmaliya village in Pardi taluka of Valsad district, which falls in Kaprada Assembly constituency, boycotted the by-elections Tuesday for want of a mobile tower. In the absence of a mobile tower, the students claimed, they had to...

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Arsenic-laced water kills over one million in India’s Ganga basin -Kapil Kajal

-TheThirdPole.net Over thirty years since high levels of arsenic was found in groundwater in West Bengal, little has been done to avert a slow-burn health crisis In the Indo-Gangetic plains, there are many widow-villages where the men have died from Drinking Water laced with arsenic. Women often come to the area to marry and so are only affected later in life. In India, over one million people have died in the last...

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Raising a stink: Delhi’s Raota village sinks under wastewater -Ishan Kukreti

-Down to Earth A village in outer Delhi is sinking in wastewater overflowing from the Najafgarh drain. That’s because of construction over a wetland, which has blocked the natural water channels. Extreme rainfall has worsened the crisis If you wished to enter Raota village, on the Delhi-Haryana border in the national capital’s southwest district, you would have to wade through knee-deep wastewater. Roads there resembled a sewer; people used boats to commute. Wastewater...

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Centre plans ‘1000 springs initiative’ in bid to improve access to water for tribal population

-The New Indian Express In the first phase, a mapping would be carried out of the springs that have dried up. NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Tribal Affairs is planning to launch ‘1000 springs initiative’ in the states of Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh in order to restore dried up streams to make safe and adequate water accessible to the tribal population. In the first phase, the mapping would be carried out of...

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