about SANDRP

South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People (SANDRP) is an informal network working on issues related to rivers, communities and large scale water infrastructure like dams: their environmental and social impacts, their performance and issues related to governance of rivers and dams.

This blog is our effort to comment on happenings related to Dams, Rivers and People across India and beyond. We also hope to share SANDRP’s work through this medium and to create a platform for an informed debate and discussion on these issues, through comments. Some of the issues raised here do not receive the necessary attention through mainstream media.

SANDRPs work focuses on outreach, awareness generation, dissemination and advocacy. To take this work forward, your comments and suggestions are welcome.

To know more about our work, please visit: www.sandrp.in

You can find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sandrp.in

You can contact us at :  ht.sandrp@gmail.com, parineeta.dandekar@gmail.com

Office Details:

86-D, AD Block, Shalimar Bagh
Delhi – 110 088
Tel: 91-11- 2748 4654/55


26 thoughts on “About SANDRP

  1. Dear Sir/Madam,
    I am writing on behalf of News Network, a leading non-profit media support organisation of Bangladesh trying to contact you to build up a working relation.
    Editor and CEO
    News Network
    Road 5, House 9, Dhanmondi
    Dhaka 1205, Bangladesh.


    1. Dear Shahiduzzaman Sir,

      Many thanks, great to hear from you, apologies for late response. Let us know how we can take this forward.

      Himanshu Thakkar, For SANDRP


  2. Hello SANDRP,
    My name is RKMoorthy, Advisor and Consultant for Green power Solutions and eco-technologies ( selected ).I have been following your views for many a project.In Particular i wanted to discuss the YETTINAHOLE PROJECT. I am well aware of the eco- unsuitability and eco-damage involved in this.
    Work on the This project seeemingly is progressing at a briskpace -Though a Long way to the so-called completion.



  3. Hi,

    I am trying to establish the link between various hydel power companies in the Cauvery Basin. Can you assist? On what number can I call?


    Liked by 1 person

  4. Dear Sir,

    My name is Dnyanesh , I from Pune, Maharashtra India. I have read your dedication towards water management and conservation I noticed that you did lot of research on Agriculture ponds and water management system. i need your technical support. I have started construction of agriculture pond, but after 6 ft of excavation sand (500 mm) layer came and from that sand layer salted water coming. i just wanted to know in such place can i continue my construction in such place. is there any chances for damage pond. what should i do? whether it is good for pond construction. i need your help and guidance, i have attached site photo for your reference

    I appreciate any help.

    Thank you in advance.


    1. Dear Dnyanesh,

      Many thanks for your message. I am copying to Dr Himanshu Kulkarni from ACWADAM, based in Pune, hoping that they can provide you guidance since I am far away in Delhi.

      Hope this helps.

      Best wishes,
      Himanshu Thakkar


    2. Dear sir,
      My name is Manjula Rao and I would like to know the areas that will be covered by this vast Narmada dam….some people would move their residences to prevent any loss of material…
      Kindly send me your area map …will the Shankarcharya caves built at Govind vanam…….the new temple built …..the Ubhaya Bharatha manila ASHRAM…
      I need your help and guidance…
      Thank you so very much for the information…


  5. Dear Sir,

    I am trying to study the sand mining issues in the Thoubal River, Manipur. I was doing a bit of research on the matter and come across the article in your page. I am a resident near the river. Could you please help me out or give me the headway.

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  6. I compliment to SANDRP for their initiative and contributions on water related issues and infrastructures. With formation of new Ministry of Jal Shakti, government is trying to bring all water related issues under one ministry.

    I feel to make impact, government may be required to formulate Integrated and composite National Policy on Water so that all stake holders are in win win situation.

    Ajay Kumar Singh
    Nagpur, Maharashtra


  7. Hi , I am very happy to come across this page that talks about Pachakeshwar dam… is there any way people like me can help out in these anti-dam agitations? . Thanks… the dam I was reading about would curb the flow of Mahakali river.


  8. Hello. I am currently working on Flood plain condition in Faridabad-Palwal Area for river Yamuna. can you please help me with the Flood basin Map for the so or may be any site where i can get the information regarding the same. I got a detailed map for NCT area for the year of 2011. Thank You.


  9. In 2006 your organisation published an article by Himanshu Thakkar & Swarup Bhattacharyya, called “reservoir siltation in India, latest studies – revealing results, a wake-up call”. We are a consultancy established in Cyprus; we bundle knowledge on reservoir siltation worldwide and promote initiatives and funding to undertake remedial projects. Our questions are: Do you have an overview of other, more recent, publications made in India on the subject? Did you write about the subject again after 2006? Have other initiatives been undertaken in India since that time?

    Thanking you in advance for your response.
    Constans Kootstra


    1. Dear Constans Kootstra,
      No, we have not written about it since 2006 and we have not worked to collected updated publications or data.
      Himanshu Thakkar


      1. Thank you for your quick response Himanshu. I will continue my search elsewhere.

        Best regards


    1. Welcome. You can follow our blog, FB page and Twitter. And keep us updated about your responses and help spread the message about our work. You can also email us from time to time about your specific interest.


  10. Hello Parineeta,

    Trust you’re doing well. I’m Shashank Mhasawade, a creative writer and a filmmaker.

    I’m planning to do a documentary on the Indrayani river in Maharashtra. I would like to seek your help in the same. Please let me know if you’d be interested in helping me. Please let me know a good time to call you and your number as well, so that I can explain the project in detail.

    Stay safe amidst the pandemic.

    Thank you,
    Shashank 7702656161


  11. Hi, Myslef Mr Abhay Kulkarni, am a Director in Drip Irrigation Pipe manufacturing company named Aanandeshwari Watertech Pvt Ltd based at Aurangabad. We manufacture Drip Irrigation Pipes and Irrigation Products as per BIS systems and Non BIS systems.
    I am a profound Engineer with Water Conservation as my biggest areas of interest and is having Industrial work experience of more that 22 years in Plant Engineering, Operations and Maintenance areas.My Qualifications include BE Mechanical and MBA.
    I am interested to work with your common vision areas of Water Conservation and my company is also in the same areas of operations.
    Request you to update if any formal membership system is there to work with you and correspond to take our professional relationships to next level.

    Thanks and Regards.


    1. Many thanks, Abhay sir,
      So great to hear from you.
      There is no formal membership.
      Glad to know you are interested in water conservation issues.
      Let us keep in touch.
      Himanshu Thakkar


  12. Sir,
    Hope you are doing well. I am also planning to do a small journey across the path of WEST Nayar River in the month of September or October to see and experience the beauty of it and extent of damage caused by human exploitation. I would like to follow the complete path of West Nayar River and also wanted to see the origin of it. I belong to Uttarakhand and my village is near Satpuli. Currently I am residing and working at Chandigarh.
    Can you please help me out in this by providing the details, important locations and maps etc in order to facilitate the journey. Please provide some contacts if possible.
    Anoop Aswal


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