Gandhinagar: Closely following the draft Gujarat Water Policy 2011 sent to the chief minister’s office (CMO) for finalization, a fresh high-level document, prepared for the Planning Commission of India, has proposed major water reforms in rural Gujarat.

This document proposes introducing availability of water 24x7 through water meters at the individual household level. Suggesting that this can be done on a pilot basis in 50 selected villages in the first year of the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17), the document says other villages can follow “based on results and response of the community towards water usage.”

Anand (Gujarat) India continues to be the largest milk producing nation, according to the report of the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) for 2010-11.

The country’s estimated milk production for the period stood at 121 million tonne (mt), close to 17% of the world’s total produce.

GANDHINAGAR: Despite huge claims of rise in water tables across Gujarat and simultaneous improvement in groundwater levels because of tens of thousands of watershed projects, checkdams, village ponds and other recharge structures, an authoritative report suggests there is, if at all, marginal improvement. In fact, even in North Gujarat, where Sujalam Sufalam recharge canal runs across 360-km, water tables appear to have gone down. Also, the quality of water in this region has deteriorated.

Gandhinagar: Next time you drive along the Narmada canal or a river bed, you are likely to see tall trees. The state government, in a bid to increase tree cover in the non-forest area, has decided to adopt the Anand model of tree plantation in 17 districts in the state.

In Anand, farmers started planting trees along rivers, ponds and even on the boundaries of fields.

Survey Finds Ahmedabad Among Six Districts With Less Than 10 Trees Per Hectare; Gandhinagar, Anand Top List
Rapid urbanisation has taken a toll on the tree cover in Ahmedabad. It now features among the six districts which have less than 10 trees per hectare.

This was revealed in findings of a 2009 tree cover survey.

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Vadodara/Anand: A fourmember delegation of senior Kenyan government officials visited Amul Dairy and Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) in Anand on Monday.

Vadodara/Anand: A brand new Nano car, which was on its way to Vadodara from Ahmedabad, caught fire on national highway (NH) 8 in Anand district on Wednesday noon. The incident took place at a spot near Boriyavi village on the national highway around 3 pm.