After Western Coalfields Limited (WCL), ACC Limited's cement plant has been found polluting Vidarbha's second biggest river Wardha near Ghugus in Chandrapur district, which is infamous for being th

Greenpeace, an NGO working for environment protection, has demanded assessment of water diversion to power plants in the state following the water position in reservoirs of Marathwada.

Water at 75 locations of major rivers, such as Ganga, Yamuna, Chambal, Sone and Wainaganga are not fit for drinking, the Government said in the Lok Sabha on Thursday.

The state government's environment department had formulated guidelines to ensure safe distance between rivers and industries to ensure rivers are conserved and quality of water in rivers also impr

The controversial white paper on irrigation projects produced by the state water resources ministry is littered with outdated, confusing and allegedly misleading statistics.

This new report released by Greenpeace has found that large clusters of coal fired power plants proposed in Vidarbha may bring down the future availability of water in the Wardha river by 40% and affect irrigation for about 1 lakh hectares of farmland in the future.

New Delhi Even as the Prime Minister pitches for infrastructure investments, the Union environment ministry is planning to reduce the area available for mining and other infrastructure projects. Official sources told FE the ministry would soon earmark “inviolate areas” which would apply to all development and infrastructural projects, besides subsuming nine coal fields in Orissa, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, which were earlier termed “no go”areas. So the new norms will be much more prohibitive than the earlier regime.

“The go, no go classification will be subsumed in the definition of the inviolate areas. In addition, there will be 7-8 criteria defining inviolate areas, including protected area status, crop diversity, biodiversity richness and the number of species found.

The study focuses on the hydrology of Wardha sub basin of Godavari which occupies the area between latitudes 190 18’ N and 210 58’N and longitudes 770 20’E and 79045’ E.

P. Sainath The shift from cotton to soybean has major implications for agriculture, livelihoods and the future of the Vidharbha region. "The shift began a few seasons ago but has picked up' "Cotton gets more risky each season' "Soybean input costs are far lower'

POLA IS THE HARVEST FESTI-val in Maharashtra. On this day every August, farmers in the agricultural belts of the state bathe their buffaloes, paint their horns and parade them around their villages. As the villagers of Bhadumri (in western Vidarbha) were busy sprucing up their cattle in August 2006, 35-year-old Anil Shende, a marginal farmer, staggered out of his two-room mud hut and collapsed.