On November 16 - 17, a meeting of jal biradari
(water community) was organised at Jeevantirth, Juna Koba in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, to chart
the future action plan. Participants from different parts of the country like Gujarat,
Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Chattisgarh, Rajasthan, Mizoram attended the deliberations. Three
main issues viz., the future form of jal biradari, the future vision and activities of the
network and, its stand on the issue of privatisation were discussed. The participants
decided against formalising the network. A three month of jal yatra (walk for water) was
planned, covering seven states from February 2003. Before this regional meetings in the
parts of north, south and north-east India will be organised.
Bimanagar co-operative housing society in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, has become city's
pride by taking up rainwater harvesting. Their efforts are encouraging others to recharge
groundwater and fight against drought-like situation.
In Bimanagar, the awareness generation workshops on water conservation were
organised by few of the leading NGOs of Gujarat, Utthan, Viksat and We together. These
exposure meetings convinced the residents about the viability of this technique. The
residents have constructed a percolation well with a storage capacity of about 40 lakh
litres of water. It collects runoff from an area of about 5,000 square meters (sq m). The
location of the well was selected through a computerised system. The construction and
maintenance cost is beared by the society.
"By the virtue of this system not only groundwater table but even the
quality of water will improve. The electricity bills will become lighter," says
Dineshbhai Dhagat, a proud resident.
For further information: Bimanagar Co Housing Society,
Satellite Road, Ahmedabad 380 015 Gujarat