Department of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology of the RWTH Aachen University

Category Archives: Research Area

The Formation of Telangana and the Status of Hyderabad


In an earlier entry from October 2011 I wrote about the ongoing struggle for the formation of a separate Telangana State (“The Telangana Conflict”). After several decades the Telangana movement seems to have reached its goal and the 29th State of the Republic of India is about to be created. Our research area Hyderabad, until now the capital of Andhra Pradesh (AP), is located right in the middle of this new State. Read more »

Potable Water woes for Rural Population in Eastern Uttar Pradesh


A recent study conducted by the assistance of World Bank in rural areas of districts of Eastern Uttar Pradesh have pointed out very serious questions about the sanitation facilities and potable water quality available to the people in this region. Read more »

The Great Flood of 1908


The city of Hyderabad is an offspring of Golconda Fort. The fort, founded around a 1000 years ago and now in ruins, had developed into an over-populated fort-city where hygiene could not be maintained and the health of the people was threatened. Read more »

The Dhobis of Hyderabad

drying clothes

A very memorable picture that stays with many tourists visiting India is that of women and men washing colorful clothes outside in a river or a stream. Whereas in Germany most households own a washing machine which washes your clothes at the push of a button, in India there exists a community of washermen, who have been doing laundry professionally for generations. Read more »

Varanasi Floods 2013


Varanasi is facing the worst floods in 10 years and the water level of River Ganga is still rising. The river has been flowing near or above the Danger Mark for the past few weeks now. Many people living in low lying areas along the river banks are forced to leave their homes and stay in relief camps in various parts of the city. Temperatures of above 35 degrees and Humidity above 95% is making the weather intolerable as well. The people want to go back to their homes but the present conditions indicate that it will be some time before that can happen. Read more »