Dams, Rivers & People

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Stop westward diversion of water from Krishna basin 1
Marathawada: Lowest Rainfall of the century? 3
Release idle water from Bhama Askhed dam 6
Mah CM: we need irrigation not dams 7
Open letter to Tata Sustainability Group 10
Hoisting Godavari’s Flag this Kumbh 12
The Damodar Valley Dams’ role in W Bengal Floods 16
Uttarakhand HEPs continue to impact 17
Flawed Ken Betwa EIA & violations in Public Hearing 18
Yamuna’s future in limbo in its homeland 27
Small Hydro impacts in Kharadi in Yamuna basin 28
Maletha; Battle won – campaign is on (Part II) 31
NHPC’s Chutak power house submerged in Kargil 32
Why is state & centre gambling with the Himalayas, the Ganga & lives of millions? 1
MoWR E-Flows report is welcome, needs urgent implementation 12
Diminishing Returns from Large Hydropower projects 15
Nepal Earthquake: A Himalayan warning 17
Maharashtra Groundwater Management Authority: Can it lead by example? 26
Maletha; Redefining ‘Development’ 29
Yamuna Augmentation Canal Breach – A man-made disaster 30
Blow by Blow, How pollution kills the Yamuna River 31
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1 Violations in Ken Betwa EIA and Public Hearing 1
2 First India Rivers Week Successfully Concluded 7
3 Lessons from Farakka 8
4 Can Marathwada afford to undertake sugarcane crushing? 16
Critique of HLC Report on Review of Environment Laws
6 HLC Report: A Climate Blind Assessment 24
7 Celebrating Koel Karo Resistance 26
8 Dr. Latha Anantha,CPSs and RRC: For the rivers to flow 29
9 Headwater Extinctions – Impacts of  hydropower projects on fish and river ecosystems 32
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1 Why is the IIT Consortium acting like a hydropower lobby? 1
2 National Green Tribunal’s Fourth Foundation Day: Why such a pro hydro bias? 7
3 Dibang ‘Insensitivity’ Analysis 10
4 “Strengthen and not dilute Environment Laws” 12
5 MoEF&CC discourages Additional Studies during Environmental Clearance 15
6 Massive Impacts of Ramganga Project 18
7 Narmada Estuary needs protection 20
8 Local Initiatives for drought-proofing Maharashtra 25
9 Rupin HEP okayed despite problematic EIA 29
10 Appeal to revoke the unjustified decision to increase SSP Dam height 31
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1 Manipulating Environment & Forest Clearances for Dibang Project: A Deja vu of LSHP: Will it be a tragedy or a comedy? 1
2 Review of environment laws is necessary but the TSR Subramanian HLC lacks credibility 11
3 J and K Floods: How much of the disaster was man made 14
4 Yettinahole Diversion Project DPR: New Avtaar, Old Problems 17
5 Riverfront Development in India: Cosmetic make up on deeper wounds 22
6 Varanasi’s Ganga Wastewater Management: Why has it remained such an Intractable Problem? 26
7 A Photo Essay on the impacts of blasting & tunneling for hydropower projects in Chamba & Kinnaur districts in Himachal Pradesh 31
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1 Scope of this contribution: an introductory note 1
2 The Canvas of Gangetic River Fisheries 2
2.1 Geography of the Gangetic Basin 2
2.2 The Fisheries Calendar 3
2.3 Habitats for river fisheries 4
2.4 Fish Diversity in the Gangetic Basin 5
2.5 State of riverine fisheries of the Gangetic basin 6
2.6 Fishing Communities 8
3 Large dams, flow regulation and Gangetic basin fisheries 11
3.1 Impacts of dams on river flows and fisheries 11
3.2 Downgrading of fisheries 14
3.3 Fish declines and changing practices 16
3.4 Problems with invasive alien fish species 17
4 A critical review of mitigation measures 17
4.1 The monsoonal fishing ban 17
4.2 Fish ladders and hatcheries 17
4.3 Fisheries co-operatives: a vestige? 20
4.4 Riverine protected areas: new grounds for conflicts with fisheries 20
4.5 Compliance of fishers towards biodiversity conservation 21
4-6 River restoration and alternative livelihoods 21
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International Day of Action for Rivers: Shalmala River Protection Rally 1
Examplary Fraud in environmental governance! Sonthi LIS in Karnataka 4
Veerappa Moily supports foundation stone laying of Yettinahole Diversion Project 7
Maharashtra farmers face impacts of hailstorms and State’s ‘Inaction’ Plan on Climate Change 9
Bahut kathin hai dagar panghat ki; ab kyo bhar lau pipe-link se ye mataki…. 13
Chinki Major Irrigation Project on Narmada 21
Cumulative Impact Assessment of Siang Basin in Arunachal Pradesh 24
New Publication from SANDRP: Report on Unjustified Dams for Mumbai Metro Region 32
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Is Environment just a political football for the NDA and UPA? 1
Muck dumping by damaged Vishnuprayag HEP in River 3
Possible explanation for Seti River flood of Nepal in May 2012 4
Visit to Fish ladder at Kurichu HEP in Bhutan 9
Court Order on India-Pak Kishanganga dispute on E-flows 14
Water Sector Review for India for 2013 18
Water Sector Review for North East India for 2013 20
Water Sector Review for Maharashtra for 2013 23
Notice to GVK project over damage to Uttarakhand town 28
Illegal Public Hearing of Lower Siang HEP Called Off 29
US Congress Opposes Financial Support for Large Dams 30
Dam Removal & Cancellations in Vietnam, Spain and US 31
Short film on Uttarakhand disaster: Flood Ravage and the Dams 32
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Ten Times Bigger Mohanpura Dam in Madhya Pradesh 1
Bansujara Dam: Another Shoddy EIA by WAPCOS 5
Community Fish Sanctuaries protect the fish and their rivers 9
Mah ignores Riverine Fisheries 11
E-flows in India – groping in darkness 12
MEF Committee on UKD Hydro: Need full mandate 14
A different COP that actually addresses climate change 15
New Publication: Yamuna Manifesto 16
Kasturirangan Report – a blueprint for political polarization in Kerala? 17
Gujrat builds Garudeshwar weir, Statue of Unity Without Clearances 20
“Address Impacts of Small Hydel Projects” 21
Media Hype Vs Reality 23
Hydro power projects violating SC order in greenest state of India 25
North East India Update 29
New Flood Forecasting System from Bangladesh 31
SANDRP’s short film on “Flood Ravage and the Dams of Uttarakhand” 32
Curtain Raiser on the events at NHPC’s 280 MW Dhauliganga HEP 1
Yettinahole Diversion: An imprudent, Rs. 100 Billion proposition 5
Public pressure leads to changes in dam operation 13
CAG blows the lid off Massive irrigation scam in Andhra Pradesh 18
Unjustified Dam plagued by manipulated clearances 21
Supreme Court’s directions on Uttarakhand Hydropower Projects 25
Letter to MoEF about reconstituted Expert Appraisal Committee on River Valley Projects 27
Latest Blogs from SANDRP 28
Uttarakhand Flood Disaster: Role of Human Actions 1
Central Water Commission’s (CWC) non-existent Flood Forecasting in Uttarakhand 6
How do they add to the disaster potential in Uttarakhand? 7
THDC & CWC Claims about Tehri: Truth versus the Hype 22
Suspend ECs to Hydropower Projects in Uttarakhand; Institute independent enquiry into the role of HEPs in increasing the disaster 23
Lessons not learnt in Uttarakhand from Past Disasters or Reports 26
Uttarakhand Floods disaster: Lessons for Himalayan states 29
Lessons from Uttarakhand disaster for selection of River Valley Expert Committee: Select Independent persons with clean track record; don’t select any of the current members 31
Latest Blogs from SANDRP 32
Comment on IMG (BK Chaturvedi) report on Upper Ganga Hydro and the river 1
Kalu Dam: Shocking decision by the Forest Advisory Committee 13
Lakhwar Dam Project on Yamuna : Why the project should not go ahead 17
How efficient is Maharashtra’s Sugarcane crop? 21 21
Why Solapur, Sugarcane and Sustainability do not rhyme? 24
Agitation holds work at Parbati-III HEP 30
Dams may trigger more quakes in Kashmir: Gaur 31
Publications available with SANDRP 32
How is 2012-13 Drought in Maharashtra worse than the 1972 one? 1
Another sop for Mah Sugar Industry 6
Maharashtra’s Sugar Shackles 7
Vertebrate fauna of the Chambal River Basin, particularly in the NCS 10
No More Mini Hydel Projects in Karnataka Western Ghats 13
Dam Decommissioning as an Environmental Priority 14
Box: Experience from Penobscot River, USA 20
Anti Dam protests in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh 22
Journey from cooperation to conflict 23
How much do we know about our dams and rivers? 30
Publications available with SANDRP 32
Analysis of MoEF’s Expert Approval Committee 1
TOR and EC status in North India 15
State wise, river basin wise overview of projects in North India 17
TOR and EC status in North East India 18
State wise, river basin wise overview of projects in North East India 21
TOR and EC status in East India 22
State wise, river basin wise overview of projects in East India 23
TOR and EC status in West India 24
State wise, river basin wise overview of projects in West India 26
TOR and EC status in South India 27
State wise, river basin wise overview of projects in South India 28
Reject Environment Clearance to Luhri: Letter from 60 to MoEF and EAC 29
New Publication from SANDRP 32
Dams are a Fishy Business 1
Box: Experts on Fish Ladders 5
FAC Violating the FRA 2006 6
Thirsty Rivers, Bygone Fishes, Hungry Societies 7
Loksabha Quotes on Ganga 9
How Many Dams on Chenab 11
The Himalayas: High Dam Density 14
Yamuna: National Shame 16
Whitewash of MAHA Scam
Maharashtra Water Disputes 21
Indore Urban Water Study 24
Methane Emission of Dams 26
Inspiring Microhydro 27
Groundwater Mining and Sealevel Rise 28
Ganga Water, Carcinogenic 29
Recognizing Rights of Rivers 30
Rivers, the Most Endangered Species 1
Excerpts from FAC Report on Rupsiabagar Hydro 9
MAHA Irrigation Scam 10
Mah Water Audit: Myth and Reality 17
GOG’s Poor Track Record on Water 20
Letter to NWRC on NWP Suggestions 21
Extremely Weak CAG Audit on Hydro 22
Climate Water Mission to be Dropped? 24
Bhutan HEPs Threaten Endangered Species 25
Churning in Nepal Power Sector 26
New Publication from SANDRP 28
Damaged Rivers, Collapsing Fisheries: Impacts of Dams on riverine fisheries 1
‘How our river changed in front of our eyes’: Impacts of Adan Dam on Fisheries in Maharashtra 8
Bhakra dams management: Callous, ad-hoc reservoir operation again 10
Dams, Agriculture and Drought 12
Mahrashtra Politicians’ increasingly clearer Dam Scam Links: Were the Political links with Big dam lobby ever more obvious? 14
Canal Irrigation in Maharashtra: Present Status 17
MoEF reconstitutes Forest Advisory Committee Pro industry, Anti Forests, violation of SC directions 22
Macro  Impacts  of  Mini Hydel Projects in Karnataka 25
The People, Piety, Pollution and Politics of Ganga 1
Irrigation and Water Systems in Bundelkhand’s Lalitpur District 7
CDM for 780 MW Nyamjang Chhu HEP: theatre of the absurd? 10
WII’s CIA of Ganga HEPs on biodiversity: step in the right direction 12
India Water Week: Can we wish away ecological crisis of rivers? 15
Climate Change led to collapse of Harrapan civilization 16
NGT says no to filling Maheshwar dam reservoir 17
Maharashtra cancels the Kondhane dam 19
Karnataka High Court on SHPs: Govt number one enemy of forests 20
Lahaul Valley villagers protest against HEPs 22
Remunicipalisation – Putting water back into public hands 23
Fisheries support over 4 lakh along Wainaganga River 24
Protecting food diversity through Organic Farming 25
Hydro dams pose threat to tourism in Nepa 26
Pak Fisherfolk protest against decreasing water in rivers & dams 27
New Publication from SANDRP: Water options for India in CC 28
Why Inter-linking of Rivers is neither necessary, nor Desirable 1
Public statement from citizens on SC order on ILR 5
No Minister, Pune doesn’t need a new dam 7
Need for integrated view on urban waste water: case Study of Delhi 9
Managing Embankments to Manage Disasters 14
Silt eating into storage capacity of Karnataka’s dams 18
High Court Stays work on Kalu Dam 19
Members of the NGRBA resign; NGRBA meeting on April 17 20
Groundwater a shock absorber in changing climate 21
Streams need trees to withstand climate change 22
“Ban CDM credits for large hydro” 23
Union Env. Minister has no time for indigenous people of ArP 24
Sikkim cancels two projects on Rangit; Tashiding faces protests 26
Nyamjang Chhu HEP would destroy Zemithang valley 27
India Tops List of Virtual Water Exporters 28
Madhya Pradesh to launch bio-health monitoring of Narmada River 29
ESG gets UN Water for Life best practice award 30
Potential of water saving in SRI 31
New Publication from SANDRP: Water options for India in a Changing Climate 32

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