Environment, GS-3, Uncategorized

New conservation rules may soon apply to wetlands. What are they?

The Draft Wetland (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2016, which seek to replace the older Wetland (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2010, are open for public comments until today, May 31. The new Rules have been proposed at a time when several petitions on the implementation of the 2010 Rules are pending at the National Green Tribunal… Continue reading New conservation rules may soon apply to wetlands. What are they?

Editorials, Uncategorized

Moving towards a water pricing regime

Summary: Water has now become a scarce natural resource in India. Two back-to-back droughts have further aggravated this problem. Water scarcity is both a natural and man-made phenomenon. Over the years, increasing population, growing industrialisation, expanding agriculture and rising standards of living have pushed up the demand for water. Many human factors influence the availability… Continue reading Moving towards a water pricing regime

GS-3, Uncategorized

SC pulls up Centre, States for failing to tackle drought

The Supreme Court has pulled up states for their “ostrich-like attitude” on drought, saying they ignored information provided by central agencies and failed to take any preparatory steps to tackle a possible disaster. Important observations made by the court: States are not assessing the drought situation in time leading to serious consequences. The adverse or… Continue reading SC pulls up Centre, States for failing to tackle drought

Agriculture, Editorials, GS-3, Uncategorized

Indian River Linking (IRL) project

Article Link Summary: Water has now become a political issue for want of proper development and management of the resource. While millions suffer from droughts and floods, waters in the country’s many rivers flow unutilised, and are discharged into the sea every year. In the wake of this crisis, few experts have asked the government… Continue reading Indian River Linking (IRL) project

Agriculture, GS-3, Uncategorized

Water Crisis: Why has it reached such proportions?

As the summer sets in, many parts of the country are said to face one of the worst water crisis in the history. Reservoir levels in many states have come down alarmingly. Also, drinking water situation in states like Maharashtra is equally alarming. Ganga, which was to provide water to 1/3rd population of the country,… Continue reading Water Crisis: Why has it reached such proportions?

Editorials, Uncategorized

From Plate to Plough — The big thirst

Article Link Maharashtra is facing one of the biggest water crisis in recent decades. In Latur, where the traditional sources of water have run dry, Section 144 has had to be imposed to prevent into a water riot. Trains carrying water are now being despatched to Latur. Even, the high court intervened in the case… Continue reading From Plate to Plough — The big thirst

Environment, Geography, GS-1, GS-3, Uncategorized

The interlinking of rivers offers some solutions, but comes with a big load of problems

Environmental: Inbuilt in the linking philosophy is that the rivers flooding is a disaster and that it should be curbed. River flooding, in lowland areas particularly, is good for agriculture and ecology. If all human civilization and development are due to sustainability of agriculture then there is no earth process that is more beneficial to… Continue reading The interlinking of rivers offers some solutions, but comes with a big load of problems