WATER

Soumya Sarkar

The Great Indian River Trick

While putting dying rivers such as the Shipra and Sabarmati on life support by transporting water at enormous cost from other river basins is measure that's earning populist praise, it raises serious questions on the transparent allocation of this increasingly scarce resource.
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From Roofs To Wells: How Rain Harvesting Can Boost Water Security

The Kerala government in this year's vote on account has set aside more than ₹90 crore for Mazhapolima, a rainwater-linked well recharge scheme. It has worked because it has been community-driven and participatory, planning is bottom-up and led by panchayats, while the state government facilitates. It is a process-oriented programme encouraging innovation and diversity. Setting up a household system is inexpensive. As a result, groundwater levels have improved significantly in Thrissur.
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The Government Can Handle Drought A Lot Better. Here's How

The Central government has released considerable funds towards relief activities, but does the issue get solved there? Certainly not! A disaster like drought is bound to re-emerge if the situation is not handled appropriately. What is crucial is a structured multi-pronged approach towards preventing drought situations before the onset of the short-lived solace of the upcoming monsoon, which till date has been a reason for the loss of vigour in the disaster assuagement process.