Konambe Quells Drought

Konambe located in the state of Maharashtra, India is far from being the water-scarce place it once was. The village scripted a story of change when the community got together for a unique water conservation initiative. At first, village representatives engaged with experts and prepared a feasibility report, after which they obtained approval for various projects such as dams, Gambian structures, etc. The village also benefited from state government initiatives such as the Jalayukt Shivar Yojana, a water conservation scheme, and Gaalmukt Dharan Yojana, focusing on silt-free water reservoirs. Desilting of tanks increased groundwater tables, extended water availability during summer, and alleviated the effects of water-intensive agriculture. Corporate bodies, NGOs, trade associations, and the state government contributed to this endeavour. Volunteers from various government offices participated in digging trenches and planting trees, making the Konambe water conservation initiative a success.



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