Through the Mission Bhagirath, the Nashik ZP has attempted to make villages self-reliant in terms of water availability by groundwater recharging despite lack of funds.
It is the innovative concept launched by Nashik ZP in which it has integrated the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Act works with the community developmental works to ensure that the Gram Panchayats themselves can construct the weirs to save water for themselves.
“Our villages are remotely located in the hilly areas where there is no water storage facility despite very heavy rains. The water runs off and whatever is saved does not help us beyond the month of April after which we require tankers. The newly constructed weir will definitely help us against requiring any tanker during Summer from next season,” Meghraj Raut, sarpanch of village Ambe in Peth taluka said.
The village has proposed over 46 sites for the construction of weirs across the nallas passing through the village of which six have been sanctioned, one of these has been completed.
“The construction of the other three is being carried out and likely to be completed in 30 days-time. Once done it will ensure that Ukhali Maal – one of the padas that requires tankers every year from April, will not need it,” said Sachin Nehete, gram sevak of the village.
So far the work of 113 sites spread across over 75 villages has been completed benefitting more than 3 lakh people.
“This will not only provide the drinking water facility for the villagers but it will also provide some water to the farmers for irrigation purposes that could prevent their migration to other areas for work during the lean period,” said a senior officer from Nashik zilla parishad.
ZP CEO Ashima Mittal, additional CEO Arjun Gunde have designed the project that will ensure villagers take up water conservation works themselves.
“The scheme has been taken up to increase the concentration of water saving measures in the villages, to prevent run off water from flowing outside the villages, help in percolation and thus rise in groundwater recharging process,” said ZP additional CEO Arjun Gunde.
Of the 609 planned structures, proposals for 420 structures have been received and 363 have been sanctioned. The work on 250 have started out of which 113 have been completed and the rest are on the verge of completion.