PUNE: The tanks at Shivnerigad have water, and yet the adivasi folk staying at the foothills of the Sahyadris have been facing a problem. And, this was taken into note by the Tehsildar office in the area. The office began working in full vigour to make the required change.

The result: As of today, there are ten tanks full of water made by drilling holes into the rocks around the Sahyadri range for utilisation by the adivasi community out there. This being a clear example of - if the administration takes it upon themselves, they can as well create the change required.

Natural Tanks atop Shivneri gave the idea-

The state is facing drought throughout. Drinking water availability issues have been nagging the state most. The adiwasi clan in the western region of Junnar taluka have been facing drought situation time and again every year. This area located in Pune district is not far away from the residing spot of the adivasis in the Sahyadris. Here, extreme conditions of torrential rainfall during the rainy seaon and acute scarcity of water during the summer prevail. As a result, every year, the Junnar tehsildar would look up the issue as to what must be done to reach water tankers up to these areas. Last year, a driver of one of the water tankers being transported to this area was killed in an accident on the narrow winding ghats of the region. This incident put the current tehsildar of Junnar Digambar Raundhal in a fix. Here stood an adivasi village that had everything they needed provided by mother nature. All the same, they had been kept in want of the most basic need of any living being - water. The nearby situated water tanks atop Shivneri stay full all through the year. It was this idea that struck Raundhal as a potential way to do away with the problems the adivasis of the Sahyadris were facing.

Ten tanks put up-

Now, Tata Ltd. had contributed in the construction of the roads in Junnar. Keeping this in mind, he contacted the Corporate and Social Responsibility department of the company and implored them to help implement this idea of his, and in the process, received the assistance of the sub-divisional officer of Junnar - Sunil Thorve. Working on this completely from the scratch was found to be a tedious job. As an immediate response to take away the strain of carrying water from faraway lands by the adivasi women, the company dispensed Rs 15 lakh to begin the project. The next step taken by Tehsildar Raundhal was to personally visit the area and find all possible spots where these natural tanks could be set up. Some areas he noticed were rocky. He had talks with the landowners here and got them to donate those land spots for the project, thus paving the way clear for the erection of these man-made but natural water tanks. Today, there exist ten such water tanks spread out in the area. This has given the adivasis here a new lease of life by doing away with the acute shortage of water they faced earlier. And this happiness can be seen in the faces of each and every adivasi woman living out there. 

Water unavilability issues nullified-

Ambi, Hatviz, Sukalvedhe, Durgewadi also benefitted from these ten water tanks erected in their surrounding. Junnar and the surrounding villages now have drinking water at their disposal throughout. "As a result, we have now stopped cribbing for water to be amde available to us, and this is forever," says Kamal Dengle, a resident of Hatviz village.

A Success model- 

This successful project in Junnar taluka's adivasi region is now a model for other areas in the state experiencing the same problems. It is a classic example of how one can make use of the nature's available resources to the best of one's capacity as per the requirement. "This should be held up as a success model for other regions across the state. Implementation of this project across will erase any traces of water shortage and rought -related problems faced by people across," Sunil Thorve, sub-divisional officer of Junnar taluka said.

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