Nashik-based organisation Shivkarya Gadkot Sanvardhan Sanstha and its leader Ram Khurdal have worked for more than 15 years to revive water sources in Nashik.
These water sources, located in centuries old forts of Nashik, were a source of water for animals and village dwellers before modern technologies took over. Over time, due to neglect and pollution, these aquifers dried out and villages struggled for water.
"These water sources didn't die out naturally. It was due to the neglect of the present generation," said Ram. His team of youngsters, who volunteered their time to clean up plastic and other waste from wells, lakes, tanks, has borne fruit. Now villagers and animals use these natural sources of water and don't have to travel several kilometres.
The dam at Kothida, Bharud Pura, Dhar district, Madhya Pradesh took just a year to get a crack. More than 11 surrounding villages are at risk now due to this leakage and residents are asked to vacate the area.
The matter is serious - in Jatrahi village under Sikid village council of Chatra Block, Chatra District of Jharkhand, 25 families of Bhuyan community were living for 70 years and they are asked to relocate.