Water Conservation Programmes
A number of projects based on watershed approach have been initiated by the Company Dharampal Satyapal Limited with focus on water conservation measures to improve natural resources, particularly soil and water.
With planned measures, not only has the water table in the project areas improved considerably, it has also impacted the optimum utilization of water for agricultural and animal husbandry, enhancing livelihood and economic conditions of the people.
Creation of Water Economic Zones Through Integrated Watershed Development
The ‘Water Economic Zone’, an integrated watershed development project to enhance natural resources, particularly water and soil and thereby, increase productivity of land.
The chosen project area has low productivity rain fed farming, severe soil erosion in the undulating topography and degradation of land and forest. The project, works towards improving the quality of life of tribal and rural community by developing possible water resources. These subsequently impact livelihood enhancement through value addition in on-farm and off-farm activities.
The project aims to improve the quality of life of tribal and rural community by developing possible water resource, subsequently leading to livelihood enhancement through value addition in on-farm and off-farm activities.
The company has partnered with two local NGOs for Alsigarh and Kurabad Watershed areas respectively to implement the project. The project will reach out to more than 23000 people from 26 villages, mostly from a tribal background and will cover an area of around 11000 hectares across both the locations in Udaipur.
Launched on World Water Day, 22nd March 2018, currently the project is being implemented in an area of 2,607 Hectares (1,315 Hectares in Alsigarh and 1,292 Hectares in Kurabad)' has constructed multiple soil and water conservation structures such as 28 Anicuts or Check Dams, 58 Mini Percolation Tanks or Earthen Dams and other structures like Continuous Contour Trenches, Gabion, Gully Plugs, Recharge Pits, etc have been constructed. Further, 14 Check Dams and 1 Community Pond have been revived. These structures have water storage and recharge capacity of about 7,10,015 Cubic Meter.
So far under the project, around 51240 cubic meter of Continuous Contour trenches have been constructed, which can recharge additional 307336 cubic meter of water in an average monsoon.
Construction of Water Harvesting Structures Sikar
DSL initiated a project on water conservation in Sikar district, Rajasthan, in 2013. A total of 21 water conservation structures were constructed and 2 ponds were revived to conserve approximately 4,11,587 litres of water. The project encompasses Deepawas & Mokalwas Gram Panchayat in Neem Ka Thana Block and Triveni Dham Panchayat in Hathoda Shree Madhopur Block.
Deepawas and Mokalwas Gram Panchayats in Sikar district of Rajasthan are predominantly drought prone areas with less than 400 mm average annual rainfall and the topography of the area is undulated with poor soil depth causing low crop productivity. During an initial survey of the area it was found that most of the top soil had been eroded and land fertility was declining rapidly. A participatory activity with the local community identified the suitable harvesting structures to be constructed in respective locations on the available seasonal streams in the Panchayat.
Construction work of the first check dam was started in 2013 at Deepawas Gram Panchayat and handed over to the community in 2014. In subsequent years, 15 more water harvesting structures were constructed based on detailed assessment of the entire Panchayat.
In 2016-17, the project was extended to the nearby Panchayat Mokalwas. Four Check Dams were constructed and two Ponds were revived.
Additionally, the company also constructed 1 Check Dam in Seepur village near Ajeetgarh, under the Mukhya Mantri Jal Swablamban Abhiyan (MJSA) in 2017.
Construction of traditional Water Harvesting Structure in Karauli, Rajasthan
In partnership with a local NGO, DSL has constructed 13 Pagaras and 2 Pokhars in Bamoda and Angat Ka Pura villages in Karauli district of Rajasthan. A community pond in Bamoda village was also revived.
Pagara is a traditional soil and water conservation structure to protect soil erosion and conserve water for irrigation and ground water recharge.
Construction of Water Harvesting Structures (Earhten Nadi) in Udaipur
Nine Earthen Nadi, a low cost embankment pond has been constructed in the Gogunda Block of Udaipur, along with a local NGO.
Construction of Water Harvesting Structures in Dungarpur
Dharampal Satyapal Limited also supported a local organization to construct and repair water harvesting strucutures in Surata Gram Panchayat, Dungarpur district of Rajasthan. The company is already working on Promotion of Agricultural and Horticulture for Advancement of Livelihoods at the panchayat and construction of the water harvesting strucutres is a part of this.
DS Group’s Water Conservation Interventions
Revival of Community Ponds and Construction of Farm Ponds in Bundelkhand
In 2016, DS Group undertook water conservation activities in the drought affected areas of Bundlekhand, Uttar Pradesh. As a part of the project four community ponds were revived through de-siltation and Bund improvement. This created an increase of additional, 77000 cubic meter of water storage approximately, which impacted around more than 6000 people in the region.
Additionally, the Group worked closely with the Soil Conservation Department to facilitate the construction of Farm Ponds by the Farmers. The Farmers were selected based on their willingness to participate and were further trained on Farm Pond Designing. Subsequently, these farmers were connected with the available government scheme for the construction of Farm Ponds. Under the project, around 195 farmers constructed their Farm ponds creating a cumulative storage capacity of more than 4,00,000 cubic meter. These Farm Ponds help irrigate around 127 hectare of land.