Mythology: The Descent of Ganga

The Ganga is a river, it flows. But wait, stories that abound through ancient Indian history, talk of its descent from another realm. How did a river do that? Well, here is a fascinating mythological story that tells you exactly how the impulsive and wayward daughter of the snow came to call Earth her home. King Sagar Once upon a time, as all tales begin, was a king, Sagar who was the supremo of Ayodhya. As was the practice in those days the king had two wives called Keshini and Sumuti. But...


ASIA’s POOR Water Quality: A NEW LOW

Pathogen and organic pollution due to the respective discharge of untreated wastewater and organic compounds are now a serious threat across rivers in Asia, Africa and Latin America, says UNEP.


How logical is interlinking of rivers?

The idea is being mooted to save vast tracts of land from annual floods, besides diverting waters to parched regions. However, experts question the assumption of surplus water in any basin. Instead of grandiose schemes, simple methods to conserve every drop may help solve the problem.


Thus Ganga Spoke…

An autobiography of the river's course You know me! You've met me so many times. But, perhaps you won't instantly recognise me anymore. Why? Because I have been morphed beyond recognition. Remember the times when the change in the pitch of a rolling train told you that you were atop an endless bridge. Peering down, all you could see was a mass of muddy swirls. You threw coins and fervently hoped that the train would hold fast! Yes, I know it all! You have so often sat by my side, gently plucking...

Environment # Water

Majuli: Saving India’s only island district

Majuli is the largest fresh water mid-river deltaic island in the world. The newest entrant in the Guinness Book of World Records this month, this island is situated in the upper reaches of the river Brahmaputra in Assam with mean height of 84.5 m above mean sea level. Covering an area of around 880 sq km Majuli suffers heavy erosion and in the last 30-40 years has been estimated to have lost around one third of its area. Home to around 168,000 people, as per the 2011 Census, the major tribes living...


Poorly replenished – water levels in reservoirs falls further

The India Meteorological Department points out that for the country as a whole, cumulative rainfall during this year’s monsoon upto 22 June has been 18 per cent below the long period average. Although hopes are high that the monsoon will revive by the next month, the situation at hand would spell doom for rain dependent farmers.  A review of the reservoirs of India also shows the poor state of affairs, as far as water availability is concerned. Depleting and poorly replenished, reservoirs are either...

Water | VOL. 15, ISSUE 92, September-October 2015

The Unforeseen Contingency

The advancement in machine and ship design has accompanied stringent regulations that pose major hurdles for the burgeoning economies of ports. These bottlenecks can hamper the growth of the Indian shipping sector.

Water | VOL. 15, ISSUE 92, September-October 2015

Sustainable Water Transport and Low Emission Fuels

Water transport is recognised as the cheapest mode the world over. However, the rapid development of the sector and fossil fuels can emit pollutant and greenhouse gases. It is imperative, hence to opt for cleaner fuels for sustainable water transport.

Water | VOL. 15, ISSUE 92, September-October 2015

Lifeline for the Western Coast: NW-3

The West Coast Canal System, or as it is now known, the National Waterway 3 is fast nearing completion. Of its 11 waterways that can be made operational, eight are complete, with the rest to follow soon.

Water | VOL. 15, ISSUE 92, September-October 2015

Connecting India’s Northeast: NW-2

The 891 km NW-2 on the Brahmaputra has been operating as a national waterway since 1988. Subsequent development of inland water transport and concomitant facilities along the entire stretch, particularly in 2014-15, is a boon for the economy of the entire north-eastern region.