A strongly-worded letter from the Orissa chief minister, Naveen Patnaik, to the governor, Syed Sibtey Razi, on inordinate delays plaguing the ambitious Subernarekha Multipurpose Project (SMP), despite the neighbouring state spending a whopping over Rs 545 crore over the last three decades, has activated the Jharkhand administration.

Jamshedpur, Jan. 27: The Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board (JSPCB) has decided to serve notices to three civic bodies for polluting river Subernarekha, considered the lifeline of Singhbhum.

BHUBANESWAR: The main canals of the Subarnarekha multi-purpose irrigation project on both sides of Orissa and Jharkhand nearing completion, the State Government is hopeful of receiving water for irrigation from the project by the end of this year.


Officials at a review meeting. Pix: Srinivas
Jamshedpur, Jan. 15: The cost of the ambitious Subernarekha Multipurpose Project (SMP) has swelled to Rs 5,500 crore.

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The Subernarekha basin in Jamshedpur

A long-standing dispute between the state government and Tata Steel over the cess on water from Subernarekha and Kharkai basin in Jamshedpur seems to have reached an amicable solution, with the steel major agreeing to pay Rs 40 crore.

Jamshedpur, Sept. 4: The list of the displaced under the Subernarekha Multipurpose Project (SMP) is all set to swell with the state government deciding to initiate fresh survey for identifying the beneficiaries who had been left out after the earlier process.

At present, around 14,000 people have found a place in the development books that were prepared by the water resources department. After the first survey done in 1985, only 10,000 people were included in the development books. However, protest from villagers forced the government to initiate new surveys in the region.

TAMLUK: Irrigation engineers have run into trouble while attempting to repair the breached river embankments in the flood-affected areas of Midnapore East district due to the non-availability of soil. The flood conditions at a few blocks in this district continue to remain grim because of this.

A look at two documentaries on local resistance to the Suvarnarekha dam project in Bihar and the Sardar Sarovar dam that dwell too much on the picturesque and not enough on the reality.

Jamshedpur, June 1: Concerned over the rising level of air and water pollution, the Damodar Bachao Andolan Evam Jal Jagrukta Abhiyan would stage a massive dharna in front of the headquarters of Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board (JSPCB) in Ranchi on June 5 coinciding with World Environment Day.