Mumbai: NTPC Mouda in Maharashtra has helped over 150 villages in and around its operational area to overcome the water crisis through the groundwater rejuvenation project. As part of its CSR initiative, NTPC Mouda is supporting the Jalyukta Shivar Yojana project which has successfully managed to turn Mouda into a water-surplus tehsil. This project was carried out by the Maharashtra wing of Art of Living along with aid from few other organizations and the State government.
Earlier Mouda, was infamous for being one of the most water-deficient tehsils in Nagpur. The project which started in 2017 has covered more than 200 km in Mouda, Hingna, and Kamptee tehsils. In the last four years, over 150 villages have benefited from it. NTPC Mouda had contributed 78 lakhs for the fuel charges of machinery and equipment involved. For a similar project of rejuvenation of 5 ponds over an area of 1000 acres, an amount of 1 Crore is also being provided by NTPC Mouda.
Shri Hari Prasad Joshi, Group General Manager (NTPC Mouda) said, “We are committed to the development of the nearby community and NTPC Mouda will ensure that it plays its part in doing so.
The ‘Trap the rain where it falls’ technique involves the creation of ponds and nullahs throughout the stretch of the river so that rainwater can be held for a long period. Earlier, the rainwater would run off the ground, but now the water gets sufficient time to percolate deep into the ground. This has led to a massive increase in groundwater levels.
Mr Sandip Shirkhedkar, heading Art of Living (Maharashtra) said that “water scarcity can be removed from India if farmers, political and administrative will, CSR initiatives and NGOs align. Initially, the project faced criticism from farmers but after educating them on the benefits of the project, they readily helped along with hundreds of volunteers from Art of Living, Mouda.
Until a couple of years ago, the farmers in this area were struggling to get water for crops such as paddy, wheat, and chilly during the pre-harvesting seasons. Now, the stored rainwater has come to their rescue and provided a lease of life to their crops and income levels.