• GD Agarwal in a hospital in Risnikesh, refusing to break his fast

    Ganga loses its steadfast champion in GD Agarwal

    October 11, 2018

    GD Agarwal, a doyen of India’s environmentalists, breathed his last at a Rishikesh hospital after a 111-day fast demanding action to revive uninterrupted flow in the critically polluted Ganga

  • Silt farmers growing vegetables on sand deposited by the Gandak river [image by: Nidhi Jamwal]

    The silt farmers of the Gandak river

    October 01, 2018

    Landless labourers in Bihar benefit from the silt that comes down from the Himalayas by growing vegetables, but it is an extremely tough life, with very little profit for the farmer

  • Embankment construction on the Sundari river near Raghunathpur [image by: Peter Gill]

    Sediment and solutions

    August 17, 2018

    The heavy sediment load in the Himalayan rivers remains a serious challenge to the viability of embankments, and a number of options have been put forward – Nepal and India continue to pursue embankment construction

  • A resident of Raghunathpur standing on an embankment with bamboo revetment on the Sundari river [image by: Peter Gill]

    Embankments enter Nepal

    August 16, 2018

    While most Nepalese blame the 2008 breach on India, Nepal itself has constructed hundreds of kilometres of embankments, which remain popular, despite fundamental flaws

  • Lal Singh Yadav, a resident of Naika tola fears that soon Ganga ji (Gandak is referred to as Ganga by the local villagers) will wash them away [image by: Nidhi Jamwal]

    Waiting to drown in Bihar

    July 19, 2018

    Villagers in Bihar have been forced to relocate ten times as the Gandak shifts its course, and are now left with no safe place left to go

  • Life along a dirty river

    July 13, 2018

    As the Indian government’s flagship project to clean up the Ganga struggles, we take a close look at how the people who live along one of its major tributaries, the Gomti, deal with the pollution

  • The Ganga is leaving Patna’s ghats

    May 11, 2018

    As an ambitious Ganga renovation plan is underway, and ghats in Patna are being beautified, there is little attention being paid to the fact that river has moved kilometres away from the city