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Vol. 4   

No. 5

October-November 2002

 

9-1.jpg (10451 bytes)T R Sureshchandra
Tottethody House
Post: Kalmadka
Karnataka

"When knowledge is combined with careful observation, solutions are found,"says TRSureshchandra, an arecanut farmer from Kalmadka, Karnataka. This is the way he solved his water related problems.

It all started in 1999, when he dug a 205 feet deep bore well as a supplementary source of irrigation. The yield was good. He used 15 sprinklers together. However, to his dismay a year later the yield started dropping. A thorough examination revealed that on the side of this bore was a rainwater harvesting tank and in monsoon the excess runoff used to overflow touching the casing pipe - yet there were no signs of significant natural recharge.

Suresh, a regular reader of Adike Patrika, a local farm magazine, had some idea about artificial recharge. He started feeding the dry well by siphoning water from the tank during monsoons. Positive  results encouraged him to revive another farm pond to ensure sustained irrigation supply.
(Profile send by Shree Padre, a journalist)


9-2.jpg (3073 bytes)Arun Mathur
Department of Irrigation, Government of Rajasthan, Chaupsani Housing Board Colony, Jodhpur, Rajasthan

He is an officer with a mission to work for the development of communities by augmenting their water resources. His initiatives have been rewarded by the government.

Arun got this opportunity due to one of his transfers. In 2001, he was given the responsibility of ensuring water supply to Kankani panchayat, Jodhpur. After visiting the village and speaking to the villagers, he decided to begin rainwater conservation works in three villages - Finch, Kankani and Shikarpura. Due to the work done on drainage line in Finch and, linking two restored village ponds in Kankani, the level of salinity in Shikarpura's water reduced considerably.


9-3.jpg (3952 bytes)Shivanajayya
Kadalivana, JCPura,
Chikkanayakanahalli TK
Tumkur Dt 572214 Karnataka

Shivanajayya is a person with multiple talents. He is the principal of a pre-degree college, writer, organic farmer and a water conservationist.

He has a five acre farm in Tumkur district, Karnataka. The soil is red. Rainfall in the region is highly erratic - as a result the farmers are completely dependent on borewells. Following the practice, in 1990, he also got a borewell dug. The yield was good for next four years after which it started falling. He was forced to lower the pump from 140 to 180 feet. Yet, the situation did not improve, adversely affecting the crops sown.

While trying to find a solution, he realised that barely 30 feet away from the borewell flowed a seasonal rivulet, which had water till the month of January. This encouraged him to go in for artificial recharge technique.

A deep trench was dug from the casing pipe to the riverbed ensuring a regular supply. Blue metal was spread around the pipe and trench was refilled with soil. To check the inflow of leaves or other materials, a mesh was tied on the outer end of the pipe. Expenditure was not more than Rs 1,000. And, results are worth noting. The output has doubled and the borewell runs for more than six months in a year.
(Profile send by Shree Padre, a journalist)


9-4.jpg (2957 bytes)K G Vyas
7, New Adarsh Nagar Colony
Adhaetal,
Jabalpur 482004 Madhya Pradesh

Working as a geophysicist at different levels, Vyas has given a well researched analysis guiding the state's policy decisions in favour of promoting rainwater harvesting. Later, he also advised the government on technical aspects Rajiv Gandhi Watershed Development Mission. Though he retired in 1998, the government continued to seek his services till 2001. Very few know that he has been a reputed academician with a decade of teaching experience. Vyas has also written two books on the subject - Economic geology (1973) and Applied aspects of dugwell hydrolics (1993).


9-5.jpg (6768 bytes)R Ramani
Ramadies Charitable Trust
5 (1050), 41st Street
TNHB Colony, Korattur
Chennai 600080
Tamil Nadu

Ramani likes to be known as the 'crusader for rainwater harvesting'. Just a couple of minutes of interaction will leave no doubt that he is truly worthy of this sobriquet.

To avoid buying water in the wake of 1988s severe water scarcity that had gripped Chennai, he decided to undertake rooftop rainwater harvesting. The initial results were not good. A considerable presence of salinity and iron in the water made it unpotable. However, he never gave up. Through trial and error and, by using proper filtration methods, his water-related problems were solved.

Ramani has set up the Akash Ganga project and introduced different types of water conservation techniques in residence. As a result, not a single drop of water goes waste in his house, which has been developed as a model. It is also open for the people to come and visit.

After retiring from ONGC, Ramani started a trust called 'Ramadies' in 2000 - offering consultative services to interested individuals and institutions. He has completed 130 projects and the number is steadily swelling.

 


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