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Study on the shrinking Vellayani Lake

Vellayani Lake is one of the largest freshwater bodies in Kerala. A recent study show that the lake has almost shrunk by half its original size. The report, ‘Revive Vellayani – a geospatial perspective – facts and figures’ was based on the studies by the Swasthi Foundation on the state’s second largest freshwater body. It ..

Committee to draft new National Water Policy

The Union Water Resources Ministry has finalised a committee to draft a new National Water Policy (NWP). It will be chaired by Mihir Shah, who is a former Planning Commission member and a water expert. The committee has 10 principal members, including Shashi Shekhar, a former secretary of Water Resources, and A.B. Pandya, former chairman of ..

‘Suranga Bawadi’ enters World Monument Watch list

Suranga Bawadi, an integral part of the ancient Karez system of supplying water through subterranean tunnels built during Adil Shahi era in Vijayapura, is now set to get funding for restoration. A New York-based non-governmental organisation has included it in the World Monument Watch list for 2020 along with 24 other monuments from across the ..

‘Red Atlas Action Plan Map’ launched by Ministry of Earth Sciences

The first-of-its-kind-ready-reckoner ‘Red Atlas Action Plan Map’ has been launched by Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu along with the ‘Coastal Flood Warning System App (CFLOWS-Chennai). The ‘Red Atlas Map’ is prepared by the Union Ministry of Earth Sciences to aid Tamil Nadu government in effective flood mitigation in Chennai which witnessed the worst deluge in 2015. ..

Union Water Ministry excavates an old, dried-up river in Prayagraj

The Union Water Ministry has  excavated an old, dried-up river in Prayagraj (formerly Allahabad) that linked the Ganga and Yamuna rivers. The aim is to develop a newly discovered river as a potential groundwater recharge source. This “ancient buried river” is around 4 km wide, 45 km long and consisted of a 15-metre-thick layer buried ..

Delhi government launchs “champions campaign” to fight against Dengue

The Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal has recently launched “champions campaign” in the National Capital in a fight against dengue. He urged people to encourage their friends to inspect their homes to check their homes for mosquito larvae & to clean stagnant water.   The campaign visualizes that citizens should promptly reach out to ..

Water Treatment measure introduced in Tokyo

Tokyo which is hosting summer Olympics in 2020 has introduced water treatment measure to better deal with natural calamities like typhoons or squalls to keep the city safe. Preventing the Calamities The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has developed infrastructure such as levee protection, a pond to control the water level, tide embankment, watergate and so on. Disaster ..

UNCCD launches a Drought Toolbox

The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) launched a drought toolbox. The toolbox uses a total of 15 to 30 different parameters to assess drought risk and vulnerability of a geographical region. This is expected to ease the process for global governments to declare a drought. Drought Toolbox The toolbox provides stakeholders with easy ..