Department of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology of the RWTH Aachen University

Monthly Archives: January 2012

Cyberabad : A new face of Hyderabad

Hyderabad is not only the capital of Andhra Pradesh; it is also the biggest contributor to the excise revenue and taxes. Also, it is the largest contributor to the State’s gross domestic product, state taxes and excise revenues. And it has been possible because now Hyderabad has  reached high levels of commercialization and monetization. Over past couple of decades, Hyderabad’s economy is changing from manufacturing sector to service sector. Since 1990’s Hyderabad has also joined to Banglore to contribute in growth of Information Technology Sector of Indian Economy. In the North-West direction of the city, they have created a special zone named “Cyberabad” for the growth of IT sector in this region. Also, while planning for Urban development, they have considered it as a special development zone, and it has separate authority named Cyberabad Development Authority (CDA). Read more »

Anoushka Shankar Live in Concert

If there is any instrument whose characteristic sound Germans associate with India, it has to be the Sitar. This plucked string instrument is the most famous instrument of Indian classical music and has probably been used in its current form since the 17th century. Read more »

Hussain Sagar Lake Cleaning: Still Unresolved Question

Hussain Sagar lake which was named after “Hussain Shaw Wali” is situated in the heart of Hyderabad city. It was built in 1550-1580 AD during the rule of Nizams. It served its purpose of drinking water source from 1854 to 1930. But after that, due to growth of urban area surrounding this lake, its water got polluted due to entry of untreated sewage and industrial effluent through the nallas that flow into the lake directly. Also, other sources of pollution included cattle washing, vehicle washing, dumping of domestic solid waste along the shore line as well as the immersion of large numbers of Ganesh and Durga Idols during festivals containing paints, clay, gypsum and plaster of Paris, flowers and garlands. Initially, the depth of lake was about 12.2 m but it has been now reduced to up to 5.02m only, because of sedimentation (Suneela et. al., 2008). Recently, the situation has become so worse that, the lake which was once source of drinking water, is now the source of bad odour in the surrounding area. You can smell the odor up to few kilometers depending on the wind direction and intensity. It is the good example of loss of important water resources because bad urbanization planning. Hyderbad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) launched “Hussain Sagar Lake and catchment area improvement project” in 2006. Read more »

Public Pay Toilets – A Solution for the Poor?

Compared to the mid-90s, when I first had travelled to India, I have now experienced some great improvements in basic infrastructure that have been made since then. Roads have been widened, public transportation improved, airports and railway stations modernized and there are many more places for shopping and eating. But still it is very hard to find public toilets, especially clean ones. An attempt to close this gap are so called public pay toilets, which have come up in all major Indian cities. Can these also serve the poor? Read more »

Some reflections on the impact of urban lifestyles on water management in India

To consider the urban life in India is one way to get an idea about the impact of megaurbanization on water watermanagement . As megaurbanization is caused by the behavior of people, it seems logical to investigate the lifestyles of the people to understand the impact on water management.

The possible criterias for lifestyles are diverse. There are many different people around the world and in India. They do different things that have correspondingly different effects on water management. Megaurbanization is also a very complex process with many types of water use, sanitation and the impact of urban planning.

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