When residents of a desert village in Rajashthan turned 52 hectares of barren land into a lake

4th Jul 2016
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The residents of Ramsar village, in the desert state of Rajashthan, toiled hard for all of five months to prepare a large area of barren land in their village so that they could conserve water. Ramsar received eight inches of water during the pre-monsoon showers. This transformed the barren land into a lake. This lake is now recharging wells of nearby villages. District Collector Gaurav Goyal on Friday, inspected the work and congratulated the villagers for carrying out the Chief Minister’s Jal Sawavlamban Abhigyan successfully.

Image: (L-R) Twitter ; Navbharat Times
Image: (L-R) Twitter ; Navbharat Times

There was 52 hectares of barren land near Bhilo ki Basti in Ramsar. Villagers used as this land as a dumping ground to depose off garbage. “There was a water outlet on this land which worked as a channel to Ramsar lake but over a period of time this channel went dry and the land was left barren,” Ram Singh Rawat told The Times Of India.

The district administration initiated the villagers to create a lake on this land it as it was in the lower area. As a result of preparing the barren land, rainwater from nearby areas got collected during the monsoon. “This barren land was not in use. We took this land to develop a lake and sanctioned Rs 8 lakh for it. Now you can see the results,” said the District Collector.

The lake is five feet deep and at present has a capacity of 4.08 TMC (thousand million cubic feet). During the first showers the lake received a good amount of water and now underground water is recharging the wells that had dried up the summer.

The lake will help villagers become self-reliant in terms of water and they will be able to fulfil their drinking water needs. “Initially we thought that the administration wanted us to work under MGNREGA and wanted to pay us. We have nothing to do in summer months and so came out to dig the land. But to our pleasant surprise now we have water in our well,” said Kailash Kumawat, a farmer. Villagers here are already sowing seeds and are confident that they will get water for irrigation on time.

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