Sunday, 9 April 2017

The Importance of Building Check Dams

Hemant Jagtap is a very interesting person. He seems to know the entire terrain of Bhiwandi and the area around it as if it was backyard of his home.

I needed introduction to him so I requested Pooja to contact him. We wanted Hemant to show us the sites for the five check dams. We are going to build five check dams; that’s the dream, as you know. Sandeep, Nitin and I decided to go along with Hemant to the proposed sites.

We stopped at Shivneri Hotel. Vikas Jadhav, President of RC Ambadi was waiting for us. While we sipped our cup of tea, Nitin initiated a discussion on Check Dams with Hemant. Their discussion was interesting and informative, so I video-graphed it. 

There are many benefits of building check dams. Not just on agriculture, there are beneficial impact on the economy of the region as well as on the life of the people too. 

Our Rotary club plans to build five check dams. Please do join in the efforts wholeheartedly.

We visited Dalonde village, it is about 3 Kms from Ambadi. There is a stream going down the hill to meet Tansa river. Your Rotary Club plans to build three check dams down the stream.

And then came a long and rough journey to 'Lendicha-pada.' The adivasis have dug up a pit. There is water in it. They use it for their requirement. The overall situation is bad as you will see from the pictures below. It is time we acted quickly to alleviate their pain and made water available. Is is possible! It just takes a strong resolve from Rotarians to do it. 

Here is the video. It was recorded in a hotel near the highway. Please excuse for the noise of the traffic.

And here are some photographs.

This is a 'Vanrai' dam built by farmers. It serves limited purpose.

On our way to Lendicha Pada........

The parched land in need of water.....

The pit dug up by adivasis...

With the farmer....

Vivek S Patwardhan

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