This Times Of India report is an eye-opener on how underground rainwater harvesting has become a must. An effective way to tackle water scarcity, Vijay Kedia from BITS Pilani and a resident of Aurangabad said that the only solution to water scarcity is to store rainwater underground. Vijay was making a presentation to the R A Mashelkar Committee on innovative technologies for water and sanitation in New Delhi last Thursday. His presentation was on drinking water security in villages through the Kedia Farm Pattern (KFP). There is a lesson here for the city of Bengaluru and larger rural Karnataka.
Over 25 experts from the fields of innovative technologies for water and sanitation were invited by the Union ministry of drinking water and sanitation to share their expertise. Vijay said, “We have to accept that above-ground water conservation has failed and time has come to adopt underground rain water harvesting (RWH) for water security.”
Citing Maharashtra as an example, Vijay said, “Rainwater harvesting can save 80% rainwater in the ground and increase soil moisture at a one-time investment of Rs 80,000 per hectare. In the past four years, the government has spent about Rs 18,000 crore to tackle drought in Maharashtra. With the same amount, underground rainwater harvesting can achieve permanent drought proofing of 25 lakh hectare agriculture land. It will also increase well water and groundwater levels.” Vijay has installed more than 1,400 underground RWH structures in 12 states, which annually harvests more than 850 crore litres of rainwater.
Kedia Farm Pattern
Benefits of recharging the earth
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