National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), a Public Sector Undertaking under the Ministry of Power has in a Maharashtra village helped more than 150 citizens to overcome water crisis through ground water rejuvenation project.
All these were done nearby NTPC’s operational area, as a part of its CSR initiative. The PSU has now come forward to support the Jalyukta Shivar Yojana project that has successfully turned Mouda into a water-surplus tehsil. This project was carried out by the Maharashtra wing of Art of Living with the help of few other organizations and the Maharashtra Government.
Noticeably, Mouda was one of the most water-deficient tehsils in Nagpur. The project has so far covered over 200 km in Mouda, Hingna and Kamptee tehsils. Over the past four years, almost 150 villages have been benefited from the project. The NTPC Mouda had contributed 78 lakhs for the fuel charges of machinery and equipment involved. For a similar rejuvenation project of 5 ponds over an area of 1000 acres, an amount of 1 Crore is also being provided by NTPC Mouda. The NTPC, Mouda Group GM, Hari Prasad Joshi, said that they were committed to the development of the nearby community. 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. Recently, the rainwater would run off the ground, but now the water gets sufficient time to percolate deep into the ground. 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 new lease of life to their crops and income levels.