Stressing the need for close supervision and upkeep of canals Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Taj Mohi-ud-Din directed strict enforcement of Canal Act to check damages to the irrigation network.

Millennial Delhi is changing rapidly. Between 1990 and 2003, 51,461 houses were demolished in Delhi under "slum clearance" schemes. Between 2004 and 2007 alone, however, at least 45,000 homes were demolished, and since the beginning of 2007, eviction notices have been served on at least three other large settlements.


T. Ramakrishnan

CHENNAI: Land, measuring 323.7 acres all over the State and valued at nearly Rs. 305 crore, belonging to the Tamil Nadu Housing Board (TNHB), are under encroachment, according to an audit report on the annual accounts of the Board for 2007-2008.

Pune, September 21 A day after floodwaters swept into hutments in Pimpri and Sangvi, irrigation officials ruled out rehabilitation support to the dwellers as the slums were encroaching the riverbed. On Saturday, it was the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation that had to evacuate people from the flooded hutments in Sangvi and Pimpri.


THE biggest impediment in reviving the ooranies in the state seems to be encroachments, which have rendered the water bodies dry.
At least 70 per cent of the 431 village ponds in Madurai district are rain fed and the rest are fed with water discharged from the Periyar for irrigation. Most of them have become useless, with indiscriminate encroachments.

In north Tamil Nadu, small water bodies in villages are called kulams or kuttais. In the south, they go by the name ooranies. Lots of them have already been encroached upon, while a few have been revived. Swahilya visits a oorani that was revived recently. Here is what she found AMUTHA walks down a few steps to the reach the village pond, fills her plastic kudam with water and carries it back home for drinking and cooking. She does not wash her feet in the pond. Nor does she wash her clothes there. No, you won

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.

By taking a case study from Chennai, this paper qualitatively assess pedestrian environment in an institutional zone. Techniques for assessing pedestrian facilities are discussed before undertaking evaluation of the pedestrian environment. Through this evaluation of pedestrian amenities and the quality of the pedestrian environment, the authors reveal serious shortcomings.

The floods of August 2006 are among the worst Gujarat's Surat city has experienced in recent times. The sudden release of a huge amount of water from the Ukai dam led to over 80 per cent of Surat