Maharashtra villages preparing for ‘Water Cup’ to fight drought

Parli: To encourage people fight against scarcity of water, a competition ‘Water Cup’ is being organised among several villages in Mahrashtra’s Parli town to see who is able to conserve the excess quantity of water.

This competition is run by Bollywood actor Aamir Khan’s NGO, ‘Paani Foundation’, where they happen to evaluate the villages over a period of 45 days. They also announced a cash reward of Rs 50 lakh for the winner.

Kaudgaon Huda, Shrikrishna Nagar Tanda, Shriram Nagar Tanda, Bhilegaon, Mamdapur, Moha, Parchundi, Vaka, Waghala, Vadkhel, Rewali and Maknathpur are the villages inside Parli which have been selected to participate in this unique competition.

Every village is full time engaged in constructing enough multiple structures in order to ensure that rain water does not flow off and gets conserved. This is being done with the help of earth movers and tedious work.

To be noted that the Papnashi river, which was the only source of water for around six villages in Parli taluka, has dried off completely. It is being widened and deepened, so that more amount of water can be accumulated.

Also, structures like soak pits, farm ponds, check dam and trenches will augment the water table and provide long term water security.

This competition is to persuade villagers to conserve water. They get practical knowledge about the increased effectiveness of water storage that will enhance crop yields and make villages not depend on water tankers during the cruel summer months. It would save the cost of bringing in water through 1.44 lakh tankers annually, over a minimum period of 20 years.

Parli is one of the worst affected areas in India with an overall irrigated area of only 1.72 percent which is way low compared to the national average of 40 percent.