A person, who either enters the farm pond intentionally or falls in it, can hold onto the ropes and save himself.
The initiative is being taken up ahead of the monsoon season when most of the farm ponds get filled due to rainwater. Authorities maintained that the Aurangabad district has several thousand farm ponds.
To avoid water leakage, the farm ponds have large tarpaulin sheets covering their base as well as the walls from the inside. This prohibits a person from getting a grip or toehold in case of fall in the water. Unless the person knows to swim, it becomes very difficult to step outside without any external help.
Kalwaniya told TOI, “I was going through figures of drowning in farm ponds. The incident from Ahmednagar district came to my mind, wherein a person was rescued just because an onlooker threw a rope at him in the farm pond.”
While stating that the district has reported 125 confirmed deaths due to drowning in farm ponds in the past five years alone, he said these incidents could have been avoided. “The best option, according to us, is a rope costing anything Rs 200 to Rs 500 is tied from one end and the other side is left in the pond, it will help save lives in almost 90% cases,” he said.
To ensure that the drive to have ropes in all the farm ponds gets the expected response, a demo video of how a rope can help a person from drowning in the pond has also been prepared for sharing with the farmers.
Authorities maintained that the police said the farmers could use any spare rope available with them in the farm pond, instead of buying a new one.