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WATER

A process for organic water

Reference: Soni, V, Mehrotra, R, Datta, P.S., Chander, S., 2009; 'A Process For Organic Water', Current Science, vol. 96, no.8, pp. 1100-1103

Stopping the use of fertilizers in and around an aquifer contributes to better organic water in these aquifers. By the removal of contaminated water in these aquifers followed by pure rainwater recharge repeatedly, over a period of 5-7 years can enhance the purity of the water considerably.

Floodplains: self-recharging and self-su staining aquifers for city water

Reference: Soni, V, Singh, D, 2013, 'Floodplains: Self-Recharging And Self-Sustaining Aquifers For City Water', Current Science, vol. 104, no. 4, pp. 420-422

A floodplain is a great source of water that stretches for kms along a riverside which can naturally recharge and replenish itself.

Three waters – An evaluation of urban groundwater resource in Delhi

Reference: Soni, V, 2007, 'Three Waters - An Evaluation Of Urban Groundwater Resource In Delhi', Current Science, vol. 93, no. 6, pp. 761-762

The original article on Delhi that looks at its natural water resource - the river, the ridge and groundwater - and how we can find novel 'Conserve and Use' solutions that form a template for a new vision of self sustaining cities that essentially integrates their natural heritage.

Groundwater loss in India and an integrated climate solution

Reference: Soni, V, 2012, 'Groundwater Loss In India And An Integrated Climate Solution', Current Science, vol. 102, no. 8, pp. 1098-1101

We use ground agricultural data to assess the loss of water in the cultivated area in northwest India and find that this loss is about 3.5 times the reported average loss over the whole area using NASA gravity satellite, ‘GRACE’, data. This long term water deficit would result in a loss of 40% of the cultivated area.

If some of this area is turned into forest agriculture, water loss may be recovered in about forty years. Forest agriculture can also substantially cut total carbon emissions. The article addresses long term water policy for the country.

Wastelands as water sanctuaries

Reference: Soni, V, 2008,'Wasteland as Water Sanctuaries', Current Science, vol. 94, Issue No. 06, pp 702 - 703

These are possibly one of few sources left for fresh water as these are neither polluted by fertilizers and pesticides nor by any industrial waste

Conserve or perish

Reference: Soni, V, 2007, 'Conserve or Perish', DNA

This piece discusses the excess in consumption and technology that is wasting away the living planet.

Do not kill a river

Reference: Soni, V, 2007, 'Do Not Kill a River', DNA

This piece emphasizes the ecological importance of allowing rivers to flow their natural course, and the danger from interlinking these delicate evolutionary ecosystems

Nature has rights too

Reference: Soni, V. & Parikh, S., 2008 , ' Nature has rights too', InfoChange News & Features

Protection of Nature’s rights is more important for human survival than even human rights. The article also points to the subterfuge of language, from expressions like green buildings, compensatory afforestation, ecofriendly, that is subverting this.

FROM THE THIRD POLE : ' Can rivers be Legal and living Entities' The judgement of the Uttarakhand High court

There is a chapter on the rights of nature by Vikram Soni & Sanjay Parikh that the judgment cites at length

In collision with nature

Reference: Express News Service, 'In collission with Nature', 2017, New India Express

Speaking at the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation, Professor Vikram Soni discusses the dangers of sand mining to local ecology as well as the importance of the floodplains. He also touches upon the dangers of viewing desalination as a reliable fix for water scarcity issues.