Agriculture in and around Indian cities is under pressure due to rapid urbanisation and associated land use change, and couples with pressure on already scarce water resources. The major beneficiaries of UA in the larger cities are low-income communiies that make use of the available resources - vacant land, river banks and wastewater - to supplement their meagre incomes.

Hyderabad, Aug. 27: Experts of IIT Mumbai have asked the government to put in a place a disaster management plan for the city since floods would become common owing to climate change. They were speaking at a meeting organised by the GHMC to tackle floods and water stagnation. Hyderabad, which used to get an average rainfall of 806 mm till 1988 now gets 840 mm. Encroachments of lakes, ponds, nalas have led to a situation in which there is no drainage for rainwater. Prof Kapil Gupta of IIT Mumbai said that the government should prepare a disaster management plan.

Hyderabad, Aug. 24: Hyderabad on Sunday became the second largest city in India

Hyderabad, Aug. 24: Residents of the Secunderabad Cantonment Board have been waiting for an additional supply of 15 lakh gallons of drinking water for the last four years. The SCB presently supplies 38 lakh gallons per day but the demand is for 50 lakh gallons. Residents of over 60 localities were to be the main beneficiaries of the additional water to be supplied from the Angadi Water Project which as grounded at a cost of over Rs 2.7 crore.

August 22, 2008

Hyderabad, Aug. 22: The Chief Minister, Dr Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy, on Friday stressed the need for improving the green cover, particularly in urban areas, as part of the overall objective of transforming the state into "Haritandhra Pradesh.' The Chief Minister planted saplings at the Air Force Academy, Dundigal and launched the ambitious programme of one lakh tree plantations in a day taken up by Hyderabad Urban Development Authority (Huda).

Hyderabad Aug. 21: Over 20,000 encroachments dot the 250-odd lake beds in and around the city. And this is all happening because the officials prefer to turn a blind eye to the illegal construction activities. The problem has been further compounded with the Hyderabad Urban Development Authority failing to demarcate the Full Tank Level (FTL), the dry area that submerges during rains. Sources said nearly 200 lakes in Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy district do not have the FTL markings.

Hyderabad, Aug. 19: Greater Hyderabad may finally get a comprehensive disaster management plan to contain flooding in the low-lying areas besides tackling disasters. The state government has decided to study the disaster management plans of Mumbai and Ahmedabad before scripting its own plan.

Hyderabad, Aug. 17: The stench from Musi river cannot be ignored. It is unbearable, thanks to the "lackadaisical" attitude of the authorities towards the sewage system which is channelled into the river. The dumping of garbage along the banks of the river is worsening the situation.

Hyderabad, Aug. 3: As many as three suspected cases of dengue have been reported from Kukatpally in two weeks. Citizens residing in Borabanda, Ameerpet, Malkajgiri, Uppal, Singareni colony and Saroornagar have been lodging complaints against the mosquito menace in their regions. At least 264 cases of malaria have been reported at government hospitals alone in the last four months.

Several cities in India including Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, have begun to take steps to implement fiscal measures to address the problem of air pollution and congestion. Though still very nascent, this is a unique and a very important step forward to use market based instrument to influence consumer behaviour and stimulate investments in pollution control efforts and clean technologies. Fiscal measures can help to cushion the cost of transformation, -- improve fuels and technologies and influence people to choose more sustainable travel options like public transport.