GUJARAT BILL NO. OF 2013.
A B I L L
to provide for irrigation and drainage in the State of Gujarat.
WHEREAS it is necessary to make provisions for the construction
relating to irrigation in the State of Gujarat and for the matters connected
therewith and incidental thereto.

New Delhi: In 2009, clearance for digging a borewell in Delhi could only be issued by Delhi Jal Board. Only those proposals meant for community use would be considered.

Ninety-two Asiatic lions have died, including 83 of natural death, in the past two years in Gujarat’s Saurashtra region while there has been no case of poaching.

Ahmedabad: A total of 92 lions have died in the last two years in Saurashtra region.

Scarcity looms due to lack of rainfall, indiscriminate extraction. Insufficient rainfall and a prolonged spell of dry weather have taken a toll on the groundwater resources in and around the city.

New Delhi: Finally this year, DJB’s much touted GPS-enabled tankers will be out on the capital’s roads.

Many Of Bangalore’s Open Wells Are In The Throes Of Death Today

Bangalore: Today, abandoned open wells across the city are nothing but a repository of the dry treatment meted out to them for years. What once seemed inexhaustible water sources have fallen into disuse, thanks to unbridled exploitation and lack of attempts to revive them. TOI tracks down three wells that were once well-springs of life but now embody our half-hearted approach to water conservation.

This paper shows that winds of change are blowing in the dry zones of north-central Sri Lanka, the original hydraulic civilisation of the world. The social organisation of tank irrigation - which for centuries had combined a stylised land-use pattern, a system of highly differentiated property rights, and elaborate rules of community management of tank irrigation - has now been morphing in response to demographic pressures, market signals, technical change and modernisation. What are the lessons for south Asia and sub-Saharan Africa?

Thane: With a water-scarcity situation in 93 villages and 183 hamlets in Thane district, especially the tribal pockets, the district administration has planned a string of initiatives to rejuvenate the old wells and other water sources here.

Thane district guardian minister Ganesh Naik held a meeting of all elected representatives and officials on Tuesday to put in place a plan of action to ensure that not a single village remains parched. Instructions were issued to all officials of the zilla parishad and the district collectorate that providing drinking water was the administration’s first priority and trucks should be requisitioned to facilitate water from tankers into the hilly and remote tribal terrain of Thane district.

Maharashtra is one of the first states to have regulated its groundwater resources. However, two decades after it introduced a law banning sinking of private borewells or deeptube wells within 500 metres of a public drinking water source, brazen extraction of water continues, even in the 16 drought-hit districts of the state.

This is reflected in the fact that 195 of the state’s 1,531 watersheds lie critically depleted, according to the state’s Groundwater Surveys and Development Agency (GSDA). Seventy-three of these are ‘overexploited’.

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