Maharashtra is facing one of the worst droughts this year. Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar as well as Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan have said that this year’s drought is worse drought than the one in 1972, which was termed as a ‘famine’.

The Union Ministry of Environment and Forests’ (MoEF) Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) on River Valley and Hydroelectric Projects (RVP) has considered a total of 262 hydropower and irrigation projects in close to six years since April 2007 when the new committee was set up to its latest, 63rd meeting in December 2012.

This document provides the decision of meetings of Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) for River Valley and Hydroelectric Projects constituted under the provisions of EIA notification 2006 during the period from Apr 2007 to Dec 2012. The document is organized region wise, comprising of North, North East, East, West and South Regions of India.

Indian Rivers are some of the last global frontiers of rich freshwater diversity, endangered and threatened species.

Analysing the state of rivers in India in the context of legal and institutional issues has a huge canvas. The paper starts with the definition of a river. It then goes on to describe the existing legal and institutional measures that affect the state of rivers in India.

This new report by South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People presents an analysis of the state of water sector in India. It says that climate change offers a unique opportunity to revisit water management & provides recommendations in this context.

There were 346 large dams in 1950: There are over 5000 now, over 95% of them are irrigation projects. 66-80% of water sector budget goes for big projects