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Hirakud Dam: Fifty Mournful Years- An article by Bikash pati and Manas biswal


Read the complete article here.

July 23, 2010 at 7:35 pm Leave a comment

Hirakud Dam related news:India needs bill on dam safety – and fast

Following is a report by IANS taken from Yahoo news:

New Delhi, May 6 (IANS) With India having over 4,700 dams – the third largest number in the world – of which about 100 are more than a century old, a parliamentary panel has suggested the expeditious legislation concerning dam safety.

The Standing Committee on Water Resources, in its report submitted to parliament, said the government should introduce the Dam Safety Bill, 2010 in the budget session.

It said the legislation will help states adopt uniform dam safety norms and provide for proper surveillance, inspection and maintenance of dams of certain parameters.

The committee, headed by Beni Prasad Verma, said the ministry of water resources (MoWR) had informed it that the bill was expected to be introduced in the budget session. The Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal assemblies have passed resolutions empowering parliament to pass the dam safety bill.

According to the National Register of Large Dams, the country has 4,711 completed dams while around 390 are under construction.

Pointing out that there were 477 projects that had spilled over to the 11th Five Year Plan, the committee said some of these have been under execution for the past 50 years or more.

‘The committee desires that the MoWR should take concrete steps so that the spilled over projects, particularly of distant Five Year Plans, are completed during the Eleventh Plan period,’ the report said.

Expressing concern over the ‘tardy pace of execution’ of structures for artificial recharge of water, the committee said the MoWR should pursue the matter with greater vigour with states.

‘Against a target of 794 artificial recharge structures during the 11th Plan, only 121 structures have been completed whereas half the term of the plan is over,’ the committee noted.

It expressed unhappiness over non-achievement of targets for irrigation potential under the ambitious Bharat Nirman programme of the government.

Against the aim of creating irrigation potential of 10 million hectares (Mha) in four years (2005-06 to 2008-09), 7.31 Mha was created till March 2009, the committee said.

The need for legislation has been repeatedly emphasised by the National Committee on Dam Safety (NCDS), set up in 1987 with the membership of all states and organisations having a significant number of large dams.

While maintenance of the dams is the responsibility of the state governments and dam owners, a Dam Safety Organisation (DSO) was established at the Central Water Commission in May 1979 to develop guidelines for inspection of dams, check lists and other dam safety literature which has also been provided to the states.

The committee also said all information relating to water flow, contamination of surface and groundwater should be collated and ‘put under a suitable template for easy access of all’.

The report of the committee was presented to the Lok Sabha April 20 and tabled in the Rajya Sabha the same day.

May 8, 2010 at 10:16 am Leave a comment

Sonepur district’s water resource (rivers viz. Mahanadi, Tel, Ang, Surubali jore, Suktel, and Harihar Jore) and Orissa state govt’s failure in implementing irrigation projects: Dharitri

Following is a report from The Dharitri:

May 5, 2010 at 9:18 am 1 comment

Water crisis in Padampur, Bargarh of Western Orissa

Thanks to ANI for highlighting this problem:

May 3, 2010 at 3:56 pm Leave a comment

Water crisis in Western Orissa; Steel City “Rourkela” faces acute water shortage

Following is a report from

ROURKELA: The cry for drinking water in the Steel City is getting shriller with the rise in mercury levels. Dry pockets of the city have been feeling the pinch with the temperature hovering above 41 degree Celsius in the past few days.

The fall in ground water table has only aggravated the matter as authorities are struggling to meet the soaring demand for the elixir of life. Sources said while drinking water supply at residential colonies like Basanti, Chhend and Koel Nagar is manageable, the situation is increasingly turning grim in the slums.

Worst is the crises in slums which are neither owned by the Rourkela municipality and South Eastern Railway (SER) nor the Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP).

A population of more than 50,000 in at least a dozen slums between Sector-5 and 7 at Golghar, Kabi Samrat Pali, Mukhi Basti, Bisra Nagar, Mahima Basti, Paharpur Basti, etc. are dependent on tube wells and open wells. Depletion in ground water table has left the beleaguered slum dwellers in the lurch.

Initially left out from the Orissa Sewerage Board Project, a population of more than 60,000 from Malgodam to Timber Colony would have to wait for the next summer to get piped water. Former District Youth Congress president Biren Senapati is caustic at the snail’s pace of work and insincerity of local administration. He pointed out that pipes laid between Bisra Square to Tilaknagar were stolen long back and an overhead tank at Tilaknagar is left abandoned at the foundation stage.

The PHED is supplying 38 million litters per day (MLD) to cater to the needs of authorised habitations.

PHED Executive Engineer CR Jena said for water tankers have been pressed into service for the slums running dry.

Amid less supply against upward surge in demand children, men and women stand for long hours in queues with buckets and containers at Madhusudanpali and Gopabandhupalli.

Water level at Madhusudanpali has receded to more than 250 feet down the earth.

Like slum dwellers at the captive township of RSP, the plight of slum people at Bondamunda area of SER and Fertilizer Township under RSP is no less grim. Amidst blame game the local administration alleges the SER and RSP of causing hindrance in pipe laying. The local administration, on the other hand, claims that SER and RSP are the hindrances in pipe laying.

Is Steel City drying up!

* Fall in ground water table aggravated water crisis * Situation turning grim in slums, manageable in bigger colonies * More than 50,000 people live in at least a dozen slums between Sector 5 and 7 * Long queues of men, women and children with containers a common sight.

May 3, 2010 at 3:51 pm Leave a comment

Acute water shortage in Kalahandi Balangir Koraput region and Western Orissa

Following is a report by ANI published in Sify.Com:

Residents of Kashipur village and its surrounding areas in Orissa’s Rayagada district are facing acute water shortage.

The residents face problems not only on account of drinking water but also for bathing and washing clothes.

They say water pipeline and tube wells are not working and people have to get water from outside the village.

“We are facing huge water shortage in our village. All the Villagers have to travel two kilometres to get water. Two tube wells are here but they are not working,” said Chakiti Jhadia, a resident.

Most of the tube wells and hand pumps in the area have dried up due to decreasing ground water level.

“We are facing lot of problem, nobody listens to us and nor do they provide any facilities to us,” said Manika Nair, a local.

Surrounding villages like Chaata Aamba, Masuri Padar and Anajhor also suffer from acute water scarcity. (ANI)

May 3, 2010 at 3:44 pm Leave a comment

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