TERI’S DROP ON INTEGRATED WATERSHED DEVELOPMENT
The Energy Research Institute (TERI), New Delhi.
2012 to 2016
Begur, Hosur, Marohalli Huchegowdana palya villages of Nelamangala taluk of Bangalore Rural District.
District Biofuel program management committee, Chief executive of Zilla
- Ensure long-term availability of groundwater resources in the area aimed at eco-restoration through catchments treatment measures, artificial groundwater recharge and demand management measures.
- Improvement in the quality of life of the community by undertaking interventions in areas of water supply, sanitation, hygiene, health and education through community involvement.
- Institutional Development and Community Empowerment.
Approach & Strategy:
- Community Mobilization
- Training and
- Technical surveys and design
- Construction supervision
- Community mobilization Activities: Gramasabha, Socio-Economic Survey, Need assessment survey on Sanitation, Participatory Rural Appraisal’s, – Transect Walk. Social & Resource Mapping Problem analysis and ranking, Seasonality Analysis, Matrix ranking, Trend Analysis, Venn Diagram
- The Information Education & Communication (IEC) program includes Folk dance, Street Play and Jatha, Wall Painting, Healthy Home Surve, Distribution of Calendars and Pamphlets
- Village Development Association (VDA) was formed and is named as Sri Karithimmarayaswamy Grama Abhivruddi Sangha and registered under Karnataka Society Registration Act 1960 (Reg No:BLR–S8-2006-07) consisting of 192 members from all 4 villages.
- One Village Development Committee and 6 sub-committees such as Water supply Committee , Health and sanitation Committee, IEC Committee, Women Development Initiative Committee, Water Users Committee and Procurement Committee.
- 3 new Youth groups at T.Begur were formed to adopt self help approach, thrift and credit programme.
- Conducted training programmes for VDC, SHG, Sub-committee, youth club members on various topics like DROP concept, health and hygienic activities, watershed programme, roof top harvesting, IGA etc.
- 12 video shows are conducted on Watershed activities, Underground Water Recharge structure, Cleanliness, Health & Hygienic aspects.
- 15 farmers have taken up vermi compost unit and avail technical support from Agriculture Department.
- 10 SHGs have been formed and trained and credit linkages with the bank
- 155 individual toilets were constructed in the project area villages.
- Constructed 5 Farm Ponds
- Rejuvenation of the stream
- There are 6 Underground Water Recharge Structures (Injection Well) are constructed to improve the recharge of drinking water panchayath bore well.
- Solid Waste Management – 500 pairs of dustbins were distributed to the individual households and 40 Community Dust Bins (Cement Rings) was installed at 40 places in project area villages.
- Establishment of a green park on the periphery of the Chikkakere (Small tank) at T.Begur with an area of 17,600 sq.ft (length-160ft & width- 110ft). A Playing area with equipments for children to play also made as part of the green park. Water supply to the park was provided by Gram Panchayat.
- 5 Health Camps were conducted in collaboration with Jayaprasad Hospital, Nelamangala and Manipal Hospital, Bangalore.
- Literacy Program was conducted and made the village 100% literacy.
- Skill Development Training for Youths – 10 Driving, 40 Computer training and 35 tailoring.
- 52 Water Samples were collected and analyzed its potability.
Impact / Outcome
Most of the planned activities have been successfully implemented. Some of planned capacity training programme for VDC and CBO`s could not be conducted in time due to many factors such as festivals, seasonal conditions and delay in getting the permission to work with Stree Shakthi SHGs from the Women and Child Development Department. Most of the VDC members and youth club members of the village are also either working in nearby industrial units or engaged in business activities. Hence their availability for one or two days training programs is not assured. Still the project staff continued to motivate the VDC, youth clubs and women groups to make available their time for participating in training programs and project implementation. SHGs are playing major role in creating awareness and strengthening the social & economical conditions of the rural women. Government also should support in strengthening the SHGs by ensuring constitutional rights and facilities for the rural women in the field of education, health, gender equity, etc and also by providing assistance under various subsidy schemes for IGA. The commencement of the planning phase of the project is considerably delayed due to delay in the preparation of DPR for groundwater recharge.