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Help us solve the water crisis for 1000+ farmers & 20 villages

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Details of the project:

30 years ago, things were flourishing for the farmers in the Bodhamalai region. Groundwater, which is the major source of water for agriculture and other purposes here, was abundant. Groundwater was well accessible from within a depth of 50 feet. The major source of groundwater recharge in this area is the stream/runoff from the Mallur Reserve Forest. These forests exists over hilly regions and water from here flows down to the foothills where these villagers reside. There is a small lake, which gets its water from the hills too. More than 5 check dams existed in the area around the lake with the purpose of storing water and allowing it to recharge ground water.

Current Situation: However, in the recent years, erosion and flashfloods have taken their toll on these check dams. A lot of silt and sand deposits from the hills is also impeding their capabilities of holding water. Adding to the woes, the sidewalls of some of the check dams are broken or eroded. A lot of the water from the hills now cannot be retained at the foothills and flows away without being able to percolate into groundwater levels. Groundwater level has now dropped from 50ft (30 years ago) to more than 1000 feet below surface! This is a huge concern for the farmers, who without proper water supply will not be able to cultivate their lands. There are more than 1000 such farmers from around the 20 small villages around the foothills. Uncertainty looms over their livelihood and their only hope now is proper rebuilding and repair of the check dams.

Plan: Plan is to rebuild these check dams and to also construct side bunds around them for better retention of runoff water. The project plan involves reconstructing broken dam walls, raising their height, de-siltation of the region inside these dams, creating side bunds around various strategic locations around the dam as well as digging up recharge pits at specific points so as to enable better percolation of water. This is a solution that will enable more runoff water to be retained and for the water to have more time to penetrate into groundwater levels. The recharge pits would also serve to enable faster absorption of water into the earth. This would be a long run, tactical solution to the issue of falling ground water levels here. As a result, the water supply for farming will be abundant and hence, 20 villages as well as the neighboring town of Rasipuram (famous for its silk sarees) would benefit from this project.

Location of site : Maps


Financials :
Manpower Expenses:-Quantitative DescriptionHours per dayPer hour costNumber of daysCost






Manpower to be deployed:20+ skilled workforce8-6050,000






Machineries rental expense:- Quantitative Description   






Hitachi Excavator182,00050800000
JCB Machine2890015216000
Two tipper lorry2862520200000
Check dam reconstruction----500000
Other cost (food,miscellaneous,etc) ----100000






Total



18,66,000

Note: We are raising Rs. 7,00,000 of the total amount and as discussed with the local body, the rest would be contributed by the local body and the farmers

Brief about the NGO Partner Saytrees:

Saytrees is a group of extremely passionate people brought together by their common goal of saving the environment. They have planted around 27000 saplings around cities and towns in 2019 alone and are continuously maintaining them.

Saytrees is also striving to rejuvenate lakes so as to help alleviate the degrading ground water conditions. This in turn helps in increasing the water supply for regions around the lake. Saving the lakes also serves to improve the biodiversity of the entire region. Saytrees has rejuvenated 3 such lakes until now. The combined capacity of the rejuvenated lakes is 207,342,000 litres of water (That's approximately the same volume as what 41,468 standard-sized water tanker trucks can carry!) Here’s a link describing an earlier, successful lake rejuvenation project (similar to the one here) that was conducted by SayTrees recently: Water_conservation_project

Details of Bhushan Walzade:

Bhushan  is currently working as a General Manager in a private company. He is also an endurance athlete and has completed 2 half Iron Triathlons (1.9km swim + 90km cycle + 21km of run) & 1 Olympic Category Triathlon. He has also completed multiple endurance cycling and running events. He is concerned about the water crisis issue and climate change problems, which the world is facing. He intends to do his bit in bringing about a change.

Bhushan is attempting to complete the Ironman (140.6) Triathlon (Self Funded) on the 1st of December 2019 in Busselton Western Australia (near Perth). In this event he will have to swim for 3.8 km, followed by cycling for 180 km & finally he has to complete a 42.2 km full marathon, all within 17 hours. He will be doing this event to create awareness about water conservation and tree plantation in order to save our environment. He will be raising funds for this project, which will help resolve water problems for 20 villages and 1000+ farmers. He has been following a rigorous training program of 6 months for this event, which started, from June 2019.

Details of his training program till now:






(KM)


Run (km)Swim (km)Cycle (km)Gym SessionsTotal Hours of training in month
June90137781363
July90218731472
Aug100198651472
Sept145236611471
Oct 145371076990
Dec138247101473


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25th May 2020
Thank you for your contribution for the project.

After successfully completing phase I, the remaining funds will now be used for strengthening the bunds and deepening the Check dams which will help store more water.

Thank you for your contribution for the project.

After successfully completing phase I, the remaining funds will now be used for strengthening the bunds and deepening the Check dams which will help store more water.

30th December 2019
Thank you donors for your contribution :)

Did a site visit on Saturday Dec 28th 2019 and here is the update on the Project status
  • Phase1: Desilting and widening work has been completed for 4 check dams and the Percolation Pond. Please check below site execution pics.















  • Financial Status: Attached is CA approved funds status for phase 1 as on date. We have totally spent Rs. 12.61 lakhs on phase 1. As you can see, we have not yet collected the entire amount and are still running short of funds for both phase 1 & phase 2. For Phase 2 the focus is on strengthening the bunds and deepening the Check dams which will help store more water.  Hence, we will extend this fundraising exercise till 29th Feb 2020 . My Zen Runners friend Chinni Krishnan will also be running Delhi Marathon in Feb 2020 to help us raise remaining funds.

Thank you donors for your contribution :)

Did a site visit on Saturday Dec 28th 2019 and here is the update on the Project status
  • Phase1: Desilting and widening work has been completed for 4 check dams and the Percolation Pond. Please check below site execution pics.















  • Financial Status: Attached is CA approved funds status for phase 1 as on date. We have totally spent Rs. 12.61 lakhs on phase 1. As you can see, we have not yet collected the entire amount and are still running short of funds for both phase 1 & phase 2. For Phase 2 the focus is on strengthening the bunds and deepening the Check dams which will help store more water.  Hence, we will extend this fundraising exercise till 29th Feb 2020 . My Zen Runners friend Chinni Krishnan will also be running Delhi Marathon in Feb 2020 to help us raise remaining funds.

Rs.512,355 raised

Goal: Rs.700,000

Beneficiary: SayTrees info_outline
80G tax benefits for INR donations

Supporters (157)

VP
Vasant donated Rs.1,000
VH
Vidya donated Rs.1,000
MI
Milaap Impact Partner donated Rs.300

Matching payment towards Sivaperumal’s contribution

S
Sivaperumal donated Rs.2,000
MI
Milaap Impact Partner donated Rs.375

Matching payment towards Pankaj’s contribution

PD
Pankaj donated Rs.2,500

All the Best Chinni