Alternative World Water Forum

In August 2016, the Karnataka government gave Abu Dhabi-based businessman B.R. Shetty permission to privatise the iconic Jog Falls to make it a perennial waterfall and to develop it into a tourism hotspot. As per the newspaper report, Shetty is to invest Rs 450 crore towards the project and charge   Read More ...

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New Delhi, August 18, 2016. Coca-Cola’s second largest bottling plant in India has shut production due to pollution violations, the India Resource Center can confirm after a visit to the plant yesterday. The closure of the Coca-Cola bottling plant located in Dasna in Hapur district in Uttar Pradesh, just 60   Read More ...

Categories: Global stories

India has the world’s highest number of people without access to clean water, imposing a major financial burden for some of the country’s poorest people. According to the Water Aid, an international charity that strives to improve access to safe water, as well as hygiene and sanitation, there are 75.8   Read More ...

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The city of Chennai – a coastal metropolis of 8.7m people and capital of India’s Tamil Nadu region – has been flooded by an extreme weather event. The city experienced incessant rain, in what has been its wettest November for over a century: December 1 broke local records, with 490mm   Read More ...

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The decision of the Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi to provide 666 litres of free water a day to each household was a landmark and progressive development. This will remain one of the key interventions of the short-lived AAP government. Yet, the idea of providing free water has also   Read More ...

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Water privatisation is threatening our sovereign policymaking Water has always been a source of power—and of discrimination. Just as the study of an irrigated landscape is a route to the mem­ory of the power of kings and earlier forms of state, the government’s recent water policies, especially those on drinking   Read More ...

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This article focuses on peoples’ movements around water in New Delhi, the capital city of India. New Delhi is characterized by water “issues.” A majority of the city’s 18 million residents have to queue up for water supplied by the government or private tankers, as piped supplies are either defunct   Read More ...

Categories: Global stories

The water markets of Marathwada are booming. In the town of Jalna alone, tanker owners transact between Rs.6 million and Rs.7.5 million in water sales each day. Thirst is Marathwada’s greatest crop this season. Forget sugarcane. Thirst, human and industrial, eclipses anything else. Those harvesting it reap tens of millions   Read More ...

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