It is impossible to imagine life without water. Yet, we have overexploited one of the most precious resources on earth. The groundwater reserves that had to remain untouched are on verge of exhaustion. Numerous city dwellers share that unavailability of water forced them to migrate to cities despite having land and house in their native village. Migrations like these should not have happened in the first place.
It is important that along with water conservation efforts, we also educate the population on the value of pure water. And sooner we do that better it is.
During the past 4 years, VSSM has deepened 115 lakes in Banaskantha, this year the target is to deepen 50 more. Of course, all this happens with community participation.
It is not just the youth but the entire Bhatasana village that is quite aware of water conservation. Last year we deepened one of its lake, good monsoon and surplus water from Sardar Sarovar helped fill up the lake to the brim. Once the lakes fill up the groundwater gets recharged and the farmers also stand to benefit.
The residents of Bhatasana very well understood the philosophy behind deepening of lakes; Chandrakantbhai, a youth wind leader called up to ensure his entire team is prepared in whichever way possible to support VSSM undertake water conservation efforts in their village.
During the recent meeting with the Bhatasana community, the villagers agreed to contribute Rs. 50,000 and lift all the excavated soil. Such sensitive communities need to applauded to the fullest.
To me planting trees and conserving water are holy deeds, they spread the goodness around, bring much needed respite to those who rely on it.
Bhatasana residents have woken up to the need for conserving water and environment but the residents of Banaskantha and Patan must understand the gravity of the growing water crisis in their region.
In the attached video Bhatasana residents Kirtibhai and others share the benefits of the water conservation efforts in their village.
The entire water conservation efforts are taken forward by VSSM Naranbhai, who puts in a lot of hard work and enthusiasm in this work.
If you wish to initiate lake deepening efforts in your village do get in touch with Naranbhai on 9099936035…