Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Mahesh Chandra Saxena Vs Central Pollution Control Board & Others dated 31/05/2019 regarding groundwater recharge by Delhi Jal Board (DJB) and Delhi Development Authority (DDA), Public Works Department (PWD) Delhi, New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) through rain water harvesting structures being not scientific and resulting in contamination of groundwater.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Vikrant Kumar Tongad Vs. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. dated 09/12/2013. This matter relates to rain water harvesting systems being entirely non-functional in various parts of Delhi as well as obligations on all the public authorities and Corporations to ensure installations of rain water harvesting mechanism in the residential as well as industrial and commercial places.

The traditional water harvesting system that existed decades ago in various Indian states is as relevant today as it was then and perhaps even more. Present day India is no stranger to nature’s fury like floods, drought, famine and hurricanes, and it would be well to learn from the old but true wisdom of traditional customs of water harvesting. There is also need to provide qualitative and quantitative irrigation to various agriculture fields to enhance the production of food grains and improve the livelihood of people in India.

Bhopal: On the last day of workshop on water conservation held in government Motilal Vigyan Mahavidyalaya two technical sessions were held in which participants were apprised of various techniques of water conservation.

We analyze tunnel wells (surangams), traditional water harvesting systems, which have been innovated and nurtured by farmers in the Enmakaje panchayat in the state of Kerala in South India for decades. We show how the genesis and design of the indigenous knowledge-based water harvesting systems are shaped by agro-ecological conditions. We also identify issues that affect the sustainability of tunnel wells in the changing agrarian context in this region.

This is with reference to the article by M Dinesh Kumar et al (EPW, 30 August 2008) and the discussion by K V Rao et al (EPW, 9 May 2009).

BHUBANESWAR: The surface water is going down with rising temperature and perhaps with an ever-increasing population. The depleting ground water table in many areas is found with a 12-25 feet fall in water level in wells.

This note argues that the critique

Spate irrigation is an ancient form of water harvesting. It is a method of managing unpredictable and potentially destructive flash floods for crop and livestock production. By making water available, it can contribute to increasing the diversity of farming systems where it is found. It is the major source of livelihood for many communities in west Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Rainwater harvesting is an age-old practice in India. It is a process of collection of runoff from treated or untreated land surfaces/catchments or rooftops and storing it in an open farm pond or closed water tanks/ reservoirs or in situ moisture strorage in the soil itself.

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