Mining had been stopped in 22 rivers following alleged illegal activities and growing environmental concerns

The Supreme Court has permitted mining in 22 rivers including that of Kosi in Uttarakhand, Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna announced on Wednesday.
Bahuguna also said the government would undertake the extraction or quarrying of sand and other small minerals from these 22 rivers in a transparent manner allowing no illegal activities.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar takes stock of the preparedness

Cyclone Phailin made its impact on Bihar, with continual rainfall and strong winds lashing it for the second consecutive day on Monday. The next 48 hours are believed to be crucial as heavy rains in neighbouring Nepal could cause flooding in the northern parts of the State.

Floods are the most common water-induced hazard in the Hindu Kush Himalayas and have seriously affected the lives and livelihoods of many people, especially those living in the Brahmaputra and Koshi river basins.

Decks have been cleared for the signing of a Project Development Agreement (PDA) for the execution of a 900-MW Arun-III project with the Sutlej Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN) for setting up a subsidiary i

Dehradun: In a bid to check illegal mining in ecologically sensitive areas close to various rivers in Uttarakhand — such as the Alakanda, the Mandakini and some minirivers — Uttarakhand chief minis

For millions of tourists, Ramnagar is the gateway to Corbett tiger reserve. Most hotels and resorts are clustered around this town. It is the national park headquarters that issues permits.

West Bengal Minister raises Teesta water sharing issue

Formation of River Basin Organisations (RBOs) between basin neighbouring countries is at the heart of an international conference here on Hydro-Diplomacy: A Tool for Sharing Waters Across Waters. “Good governance is required for establishment of strategies on sustainable management of international river basins,” said Thailand Minister for Natural Resources & Environment Preecha Rengsomboonsuk, opening the conference.

The Asiatic Wild Water Buffalo Bubalus arnee is an endangered species restricted to South and Southeast Asia. Nepal’s only population survives in the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve which is located on the floodplain of the Koshi River, a tributary of Ganga. This species is under threat due to high anthropogenic pressure ranging from habitat deterioration to hybridization with domestic buffalo. Yet, the population has grown from 63 in 1976 to 219 in 2009, despite the decline in the calf/cow ratio. The present study conducted in 2009 used the block count method.

“If a dam on Kosi did not stop floods, this too will be a waste”

Airing scepticism over the inter-linking of rivers serving the desired purpose, social activist Medha Patkar on Sunday charged Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar with embarking on the project in the State without consulting people. “I am apprehensive about inter-linking of rivers serving the desired purpose and if it is so then chronic flood caused by Kosi river should have stopped after construction of dams,” she said at the ninth biennial national conference of the public movements on environmental issues.

Corbett Tiger Reserve may boast of the world’s highest density of tigers but it is beset by a host of problems that may soon see it lose its premier status.
CTR’s director Rajan Mishra admits that CTR has witnessed an intensification of man-animal conflict with as many as eight humans being killed by a man-eater in 2010.

One of the main reasons for this conflict is the massive construction of hotels and luxury villas blocking of the entire eastern boundary with only two passages available for wildlife to approach the Kosi river.