Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyan

The state government of Maharashtra launched the Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyan project with the objective of making the state drought-free. The project, which aims to make 5,000 villages free of water scarcity every year, involves deepening and widening of streams, construction of cement and earthen stop dams, work on nallahs and digging of farm ponds.

Concurrently, the Tata Trusts have been working on the rejuvenation of streams and rivers in the drought-hit region of Vidarbha in Maharashtra through the Sukhi Baliraja Initiative (SBI). The Trusts have been able to make water available for protective irrigation, thereby enabling the farmers to grow a second crop and add to their existing income.

The Trusts signed an MoU with the state government to implement the Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyan initiative in three districts of Akola, Amravati and Yavatmal through the Trusts’ SBI field team.

The Trusts have constructed water harvesting structures such as farm ponds, widened and deepened streams, built check dams, boribands, etc., using earth excavating machines. These help farmers provide protective irrigation to standing crops during untimely dry spells and water stress periods. The Trusts also use the funds provided by the government for sprinkler irrigation systems and water lifting pump sets to complement the irrigation potential of the water harvesting structures.

The Trusts have successfully widened and deepened around 87.85km of streams creating a potential water storage capacity of approximately 2.37 million cubic metres, benefitting 1,590 households across the Vidarbha region.

In addition, farm ponds that were dug up in Chandrapur and Yavatmal under this initiative were converted into inland fisheries. The Trusts directly supply fish seeds to the beneficiaries. Once the fish larvae grow into fingerlings, the farmers sell them in the market. These projects have a huge impact on household income.

Area of operation: Maharashtra

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