Redesign dams, not rivers

Engineers require retraining, not the Ganga. This is where I left our conversation in my previous column. Why did I say this? The inter-ministerial committee in which I participated as a member was discussing how much the ecological flow – the water that should...

In India, a River Is Dissolving an Island

In Assam, India, an island is dissolving like a cube of sugar in a cup of the tea for which the region is famous, and a river is to blame. The New York Timesreports on the fate of Majuli, one of the world’s largest “inland islands,” which is surrounded by...

Dams may dry up Ganga, warns ministerial group

NEW DELHI: Recognizing that the plethora of dams built and planned in the Ganga basin could almost empty the river of its waters in the winter season, an inter-ministerial group has recommended that the projects be re-engineered to maintain 30-50% of water flow in the...

Concerns over India rivers order

A supreme court order in India asking the government to link more than 30 rivers and divert waters to parched areas has sparked concerns in neighbouring countries. Bangladesh says it would be hardest hit because it is a downstream country to two major rivers that flow...