Across India, the magnitude and intensity of extreme weather events like drought and floods is increasing.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Decrease in Water Bodies, 20/07/2017. As per the 4th Minor Irrigation Census conducted by the Ministry, there are 5,23,816 water bodies in the rural areas being used for minor irrigation. Of these 4,43,688 water bodies were in use and 80,128 were not in use. Reasons given by states for water bodies not being in use are; encroachments, urbanisation, polluted water, non availability of water due to less and erratic rainfall, siltation etc. State wise details are at Annexure.

A Bill to provide for establishment of a Pond Development, Protection and Conservation Authority. Due to rapid urbanization, industrialization and population explosion, water bodies like ponds and tanks are being converted into urban, industrial and agricultural land use.

The Standing Committee on Water Resources (2015-16) present the Tenth Report on “Repair, Renovation and Restoration of Water Bodies- Encroachment on Water Bodies and Steps Required to Remove the Encroachment and Restore the Water Bodies”.

This article investigates the impact of court verdicts on Chennai’s canals, tanks and related wetlands. It discusses three interlinked cases surrounding Buckingham Canal area and argues that the verdicts in these cases allowed the administration to destroy sophisticated water systems. It also argues that these waterbodies could have mitigated, if not prevented, the November–December 2015 fl oods in Chennai.

Tank rehabilitation presently in vogue, in many states of India and neighbouring Sri Lanka, needs a holistic approach involving scientific planning and execution and people`s participation to save the tank and meet basic objective of providing water for irrigation. The article brings into focus the essential inputs to make the initiative successful. The main inputs include specialists’ reports on successful and failed initiatives in Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Pondicherry states and Sri Lanka.

Order of the High Court of Judicature at Madras dated 16/06/2015. This Writ Petition, designed as a Public Interest Litigation, has been filed by a society consisting of members who are 'Ayacutdars'.

Climate change could have a critical impact on agriculture in Nepal due to changes in the variability of water availability and associated uncertainty. In this context, small-scale water storage—most notably ponds and tanks—can moderate this variability. This report explores the potential role of small-scale storage

The water quality management is one of the many environmental problems in India. Increasing demand of water for human consumption, irrigation and growing industrial activities has impacted the water quality of rivers due to declining flows in rivers and depleting water levels of subsurface resources.

This report of the Standing Committee on Water Resources deals with the action taken by the Government on the recommendations / observations contained in their Sixteenth Report (15th Lok Sabha) on 'Repair, Renovation and Restoration of Water Bodies' which was presented to Lok Sabha on 27 November 2012.