PROJECT FUNDED BY: GLENMARK FOUNDATION
PROJECT DURATION: 2022-23
LOCATION: NASHIK AND AURANGABAD
Access to clean and sustainable water sources is a fundamental necessity for the well-being and progress of any community. Recognizing this, the Jal Kavach Project has emerged as a transformative initiative aimed at enhancing water resource development in rural areas. Through a combination of innovative techniques and strategic planning, the project has made substantial strides in creating storage capacity, improving water bodies, and benefiting countless villagers across numerous sites.
The Jal Kavach Project is a comprehensive endeavor focusing on multiple aspects of water resource development in rural communities. The project’s main objectives include gabion construction, desiltation of water bodies, widening and deepening of nalas (drainage channels), construction of farm ponds, and conducting pre- and post-surveys to assess the impact of these interventions.
Core Wall Gabion Construction:
Gabions, which are wire mesh containers filled with stones, have been strategically employed to prevent soil erosion and create natural barriers. The project planned for the construction of gabions in 26 villages, with an impressive achievement of 6 villages. This initiative helps in stabilizing soil, preventing sediment runoff, and safeguarding the environment.
Desiltation of Water Bodies:
The desiltation of percolation tanks has been a crucial aspect of the project. These tanks, designed to enhance water storage capacity, play a vital role in ensuring a consistent water supply for agricultural and domestic purposes. With a plan to desilt 28 tanks, the project has succeeded in completing this task for 5 tanks.
Nala Widening and Deepening:
Nalas are critical components of rural drainage systems. The project aimed to widen and deepen 3 nalas, and this goal has been partially realized with 1 nala completed.
The construction of farm ponds contributes directly to increasing water availability for agricultural activities. The project targeted 5 ponds for construction.
Pre and Post-Survey:
Understanding the impact of the interventions is crucial for refining strategies and gauging overall success. The project’s commitment to conducting pre and post-surveys demonstrates its dedication to evidence-based decision-making and continuous improvement.