Amid rising concerns over water exploitation and awareness that has been created among communities to revive our long-forgotten lakes and rivers, the time has come for citizens of the country to look at some of the inspiring work individuals or NGOs doing for a better future.
While most of the developed countries are busy doing in-depth research and analysis on how the water levels have drastically come down due to over-exploitation of natural resources in the name of urban expansion and smart city development, preventive measures have already been in place with the help of technology. But is that all enough to get things back under control? Can we guarantee a drought-free situation for generations to come?
We have got some good number of questions that needs to be answered. But all it takes is an initiative from every single individual to believe in ‘water for all.’
Unlike the political hero’s whom we admire in the name of doing good for our society, it is more important for us to recognize the efforts all these individuals are doing to counter water crisis.
Today, we will look at some of the inspiring personalities from across the country who have contributed enormously in bringing back the lost glory.
Rajendra Singh is well known as ‘Waterman of India.’ His work has been widely received and appreciated by restoring water in rural India. He is the architect of Johads, a technique for collecting rainwater. Today, after about 20 years of work, there are close to 8,600 johads and other similar structures that collect water in the state, providing water to over 1,000 villages across Rajasthan.
Team JalBharat had the opportunity of interacting with senior geologist Mr Lingaraju Yale recently at a conference in Delhi. He has been studying the changing onset of seasons and the nature of Indian rivers for the last four decades and has witnessed a massive change that is posing a massive threat for the future. In the previous four years, Mr Lingaraju has helped in reviving three significant rivers in Karnataka – Kumudavathi, Vedavathi and Palar. Well known for his expertise as a geo-hydrologist on natural water management, Lingaraju leads the River Rejuvenation Project driven by the International Association for Human Values (IAHV).
Aabid Sruti may not be a popular name for many of us. But he will be remembered across the streets of Mira Road and all-around Mumbai. He runs an NGO named Drop Dead Foundation which is saving tonnes of water. The 80-year-old Aabid Sruti offers to help households to fix the leakages and all the plumbing related work for free of cost thereby saving tonnes of water. It is also reported that, in the first year of Drop Dead Foundation, Aabid had visited 1666
Houses and had fixed 414 leaking taps for free of cost-saving around 4.2 lakh litres of water. His work has inspired many others to volunteer for the cause and is setting an example for the neighbouring states to follow.
A rainwater harvesting expert has inspired and motivated thousands of people by making them practice rain-water harvesting methods to conserve water. Ayyapa Masagi purchased six acres of land in a village in Gadag which hardly has any traces of water and started planting rubber and coffee trees to prove that one can grow crops irrespective of the amount of rain it gets. In the process of learning, the understanding that was recharging borewells and practising non-irrigational agricultural methods could help. By this technique, he reaped the first harvest and has set an example for the rest to follow. Today, Ayyappa has developed thousands of conservation projects across 11 states and has also created over 600 lakes in the country.
If transforming the lives of thousands of people using traditional techniques is an art, Amla Ruia hands-down will lead it from the front. Rajasthan has a history behind for the struggle it had to face for water and Amla has been doing precisely what is needed. She founded Aakar Charitable Trust and has helped in constructing over 200 check dams in more than 100 villages of Rajasthan.
These are some of the people who have laid a foundation stone to inspire thousands of people around to take up the pledge of saving water for future generations.
Be a responsible citizen. Save water. Become a water hero.