Department of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology of the RWTH Aachen University

Literature Survey: Urbanization in India

For this literature survey a selection of papers and books is chosen. This range thematically from general urbanization in recent history to particular issues of actual Indian urbanization processes. The scattering in time and space permits to identify and assess the specialties of actual Indian urbanization processes. Read more »

Life in India

In simple words, life in India is tough. Not just for poor people but for the middle class people of the country as well. The general public in India works a lot and very hard for themselves and for their country. I know this because I belong to this group. The not-too-talkative, doing-their-work-in-peace, proud-of-their-country people. They don’t criticize the bad parts of their lives and are happy with what they have. A good example of this behavior can be seen in an article written by Ms. Dorothee Uerschels here. This is a good as well as bad character to have. Read more »

Punjab: Water & Culture

The visit of Punjab is highly interesting regarding water issues and the cultural history of India. From Amritsar, Sikh religious centre, it is only a few kilometres to India-Pakistan border Attari-Wagah. Furthermore crossing the state Punjab gives great information about water use for food production. Read more »

The Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB)

The HMWSSB was established as a semi-autonomous agency under commercial principals in 1989 when the water and sewerage services in Hyderabad were in crisis. Due to a long drought between 1983 and 1985, the rapid increase in population and the old network the quality of service in the city had become very low. Read more »

Groundwater and Garbage – Both easy to find

 In many cities of Uttar Pradesh and nearby states, you don’t have to walk around a lot to find Hand pumps or bore wells. There are so many hand pumps that you can easily have a methodical collection of groundwater samples with uniform distances between the sample locations. Whenever you see a school, an institution, a temple, a mosque or a church, you are bound to find a drinking water source, and since the major source of potable water in Varanasi is groundwater, so it always generally is a hand pump.

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