Hello,My name is Dr Sharath Heggodu Devappa, currently residing in Australia. This is in regards to a planned river rejuvenation project in my native place in southern India, a village called Heggodu, in Shimoga District, state of Karnataka.Heggodu is a tiny hamlet in the western Ghats of India, hilly area with evergreen forests receiving abundant rain during monsoon season with few perennial rivulets and streams criss-crossing the area. All the streams ultimately drain into a major river called Sharavathi River, which flows westwards towards sea. Sadly in recent years the area has witnessed sever reduction in rainfall and as a result depletion of ground water levels due to various factors witch are both local as well as global in nature. This has devastating impact on the farmers who are entirely dependant on agriculture as source of livelihood. The situation has become so bad last year as some house holds were dependant on water supply delivered to their home on water tankers, which was unimaginable few years ago that such a sad scenario would come in a geographical area such as western Ghats blessed with plentiful rainfall.One of such small stream or rivulet called Dyavasa Hole (Hole in local language means river)which begins near Heggodu and flows about 9 kilometres through many surrounding villages before it joins the Sharavathi River. Dyavasa Hole used to be a perennially flowing stream but since last around 5 years it has been reduced to seasonal stream during wet months. The concerned villagers have come together with an intention to revive river Dyavasa. A detailed project has been designed with the help of scientists from Bangalore using the satellite imageries to map the catchment area. The catchment area covers many villages. The project require construction of about 90 small check dams along with feeding wells and injection wells along the river beds on specified key locations across the entire catchment basin.
We estimate that the cost of the materials required for the project would be around 40 % of the total cost and about 55 % would be spent on labour, remaining 5 % of the cost will be spent on logistics and administrative purposes. The major bulk of the labour will be carried out by using locally available man force and by doing so will creat employment generation to the local community. The material contract will also be given to local contractors so that all the benefits would go to local business and intern help the community.
The project will certainly benefit hundreds of farmers in the area and would also help in conservation of existing forests, which are facing sever water shortage.
Dyavasa Hole rejuvenation is an unique project in many ways, first of its kind in the Western Ghats as far as we know. It is a pilot project, which can be replicated in hundreds of other similar small rivulets and streams across the Western Ghats, if successful. The situation is not different in many of similar streams in neighbouring catchments areas and project of similar kind will certainly benefit the entire geographical region.
Unfortunately implementation of the project has so far greatly impacted by lack of access to necessary resources and financial supports required for the completion of the project. I am seeking your support including financial assistance for this project in my native village which is close to my heart.
Looking forward for the positive reply.