Rajendra ji and his team have started a much-needed revolution in the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi. I have no doubt, my grandfather, Mahatma Gandhi would have showered his blessings on Rajendra ji and rainwater harvesting project. Such projects are proof that the spirit of Gandhi is still alive in India.
We believe in progress and technology Water Johads: A Low-Tech Alternative to Mega-Dams in India When the British colonized India, they imposed their own system of water management, which included the building of large-scale dams, sewers, and irrigation channels.
This high-tech approach continues today, as the World Bank is urging India to build enormous dam projects to fight drought and depleted aquifers. The Indian government has followed its advice. Since then, India has built over 5, dams and large reservoirs.
This involved the placement of thousands of small structures throughout rural areas which, in one way or another, catch excess rainwater from the monsoon months and allow it to slowly percolate into the groundwater during the dry season.
To maintain and manage these structures, community-based management schemes were necessary.
However, these were actively discouraged during British rule and following independence. As a result, in the 20th century many of these small reservoirs fell into disrepair. In the s, the Alwar district in the North-Western state of Rajasthan was one of the driest in all of India, even though older villagers remembered that its rivers used to flow in the past.
Many farmers were migrating to the cities, as there was no longer any means of subsistence from the land.
When the villagers had constructed johads, the river began to flow after having been dry for several decades. Compare this to nearby Sardar Sarovar Dam project, which cost billion rupees, and cost times more per person supplied with water, and times more per hectare irrigated.
Anupma Sharma, National Institute of Hydrology And yet water johads are extremely simple and low-cost structures that require no large equipment or expensive materials to build—simply a village of able hands and local elements.
After digging a pit, the villagers shape the excavated earth into a semicircular mud barrier.
A stone drain is sometimes set up, allowing excess water to seep into the ground, or connecting it with johads nearby.
Essentially the johad will capture runoff from monsoon floods and allow it to slowly percolate into the water table during the dry months. When many johads are built in one area, they have a cumulative effect, resulting in the replenishment of whole aquifers.
They require steady sloping land—where each johad can feed water into another downstream—and a rainy season, where floods can fill up the reservoirs during the dry months. In addition, constructing and maintaining thousands of water reservoirs also required new forms of resource management.
Since the government refused to participate with the johad construction efforts, or recognize that they were effective—its policies remain tied to the development narrative.
Villagers decided to take matters in their own hands and organize their own water management councils, which have now expanded to managing forests and parks through participatory and democratic methods. The result is what some have claimed a miracle:Maulik Sisodia, Tarun Bharat Sangh Maulik Sisodia is an executive director of Tarun Bharat Sangh.
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Tarun Sangh. 27 year still this samaj at Samaj. Get this from a library! The waterman's journey = Rashtriya jal yatra. [Rajendra Singh; Tarun Jal Vidyapeeth.; Tarun Bharat Sangh. Jala Birādarī.] -- On generating awareness among people for water-related concerns and water conservation in India.
Recognition of Tarun Bharat Sangha across the world The revival of Arvari River brought huge recognition for Taruna Bharat Sangha across India.
Later the organization worked for the revival of other rivers like Ruparel, Sarsa, Bhagani, and Jahajwali. Tarun Bharat Sangh is a non-governmental organization in Rajasthan and directed by Rajendra Singh. K nown as “waterman of India”, he won the Stockholm Water Prize, an .