Environment, GS-3, Uncategorized

Call of the River

Recently, Lok Sabha passed the amendment to Inter-State River Water Disputes Act, 1956. The Bill is yet to be discussed in the Rajya Sabha. It proposes a permanent tribunal and several other measures to improve the settlement of inter-state river water disputes. The resolution of water dispute is governed by the Inter-State River Water Disputes Act, 1956. According to… Continue reading Call of the River

GS-3, Uncategorized

Rethinking Water Management Issues

Background In December 2018, NITI Aayog released its ‘Strategy for New India @75’ which defined clear objectives for 2022-23, with an overview of 41 distinct areas. In this document, however, the strategy for ‘water resources’ is dull and unrealistic as the successive National Water Policies (NWP). Effective strategic planning must satisfy three essential requirements. One, acknowledge and analyse past… Continue reading Rethinking Water Management Issues

Environment, GS-3

Natural Sources of Unpolluted Water

India is home to 17% of the world’s population but has only 4% of the world’s freshwater resources. At present, 75% of Indian households do not have access to drinking water, and close to 90% of rural households have no access to piped water. In this context, the government resolved to provide piped water to all rural households by 2024 under the .… Continue reading Natural Sources of Unpolluted Water

Agriculture, GS-3, Uncategorized

Solution to India’s Water Crisis

Context According to the Composite Water Management Index (CWMI) report released by the NITI Aayog in 2018, 21 major cities (Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad and others) are racing to reach zero groundwater levels by 2020, affecting access for 100 million people.The CWMI report also states that by 2030, the country's water demand is projected to be twice the available… Continue reading Solution to India’s Water Crisis

Environment, GS-3, Uncategorized

Water crisis: Tapping water from deepest depths

The proposal, mooted by the company WaterQuest, involves tapping “distillate” that is generated when seawater enters the continental crust and gets converted to steam. The steam then condenses in pockets, which are between 300m to 800m below the earth’s surface, claims the company. What is fossil water? The term fossil water, or paleowater, refers to… Continue reading Water crisis: Tapping water from deepest depths

Editorials, GS-3

Time for a National Water Commission’

The committee on restructuring the Central Water Commission and Central Ground Water Board in its final report has recommended a new National Water Commission (NWC) be established as the nation’s apex facilitation organisation dealing with water policy, data and governance. Other recommendations made by the committee: Urgent overhaul of the current water management systems. Change… Continue reading Time for a National Water Commission’

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

Editorials, GS-2, International Relations, Uncategorized

China’s water hegemony in Asia

Severe drought has occurred in south east asia and the main reason for this is rapid construction of dam by China at upstreams. Now Beijing is trying to legitimatise it by releasing water to drought hit nation in Lower Mekong river basin i.e. China is touting the utility of its upstream structures in fighting droughts… Continue reading China’s water hegemony in Asia