Villages in Maharashtra adopt watershed management to drought proof themselves
The seasonal rivulet, originating from the nearby hills, used to flow down from Kanerkhed village to Nigadi, meeting the latter’s drinking water and irrigation needs.
“But, last April and May, villagers did shramdan to carry out watershed works.
<class=”wp-caption alignnone”> Training local water managers Nigadi isn’t the only village in Maharashtra trying to drought-proof itself.
Between April and May this year, the residents of 1,300 participating villages are creating various water harvesting structures in keeping with the ridge-to-valley approach.
Trained villagers have further trained more people in their respective villages.
For instance, five trained villagers of Kiraksal village in drought-prone Maan taluk have trained 88 more residents of Kiraksal.
People’s movement on water Over 190 families of Pawarwadi in Koregaon taluk are working day and night to complete the watershed works they have planned as part of the Water Cup 2017.
Last year, 116 villages in three talukas of Maharashtra participated in the Water Cup 2016.
Velu village in Koregaon taluk was awarded the first prize.
As per Paani Foundation’s estimate, the villages participating in the last water cup created a water storage capacity of 1,368 crore litres that is equivalent to 1,368,000 tankers of water, or Rs 272 crore worth of water savings.