Renovated Shivra Taal dedicated to the community in the presence of District Magistrate, elected representatives and members of the community
Move aimed to ensure better availability of water to over 950 households of Soda and neighboring villages throughout the year
Village Soda, March 23, 2015: Soda Village in Tonk District of Rajasthan, that was once a princely State but later declared by the government as one of the most backward districts of Rajasthan, is all set to reclaim its pride and stature thanks to the collaborative approach adopted by its Sarpanch.
Ms. Chhavi Rajawat, Sarpanch of Soda Village has adopted a collaborative, multi-stakeholder approach to solve the water problem, of Soda village and adjoining villages. Her perseverance brought Soda Panchayat and Hindustan
On the occasion of World Water Day’15, the restored “Shivra Taal” was dedicated to the community in the presence of Dr. Tina Kumar, IAS, Collector & District Magistrate, Tonk, Mr Deepak Kumar, Superintendent of Police, Tonk, Mr Sukhbir Singh Jaunapuria, Member of Parliament, senior executives of Hindustan
Soda has predominantly been dependent on this Taal for meeting all their water requirements, be it drinking water, domestic usage, agriculture and livestock. But over the years, the decline in availability of rainwater and siltation in Taal has negatively impacted the availability of water. The ground water is saline and naturally contaminated with high levels of fluoride, chloride and other minerals and hence the ground water has been declared unsafe by the Government, even for agricultural use. Thus, rain water is the only source of safer drinking water and irrigation.
Shivra Taal is the only source to meet water requirements of the Soda village and 08 Dhanis (hamlets) under the Soda Panchayat. During rainy season, the reservoir is replete with water and excess water runs off due to poor storage capacity causing the reservoir to go dry during the summer. The restoration work involved excavation of silt and deepening of taal to enhance the storage capacity, treatment of feeder channels for effective flow of water into the reservoir, stabilization of part of the embankment of the pond, one discharge gate/spillway and stone pitching of four islands used for migratory birds. The initiative also focused on carrying out soft-skills development programmes on water conservation, safe drinking water and improved sanitation practices.
Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Chhavi Rajawat, Sarpanch, Soda Village, said, “All efforts of the Panchayat are aimed at giving the residents a better life and for the Soda Panchayat, it meant addressing the water problem. Unfortunately, the long-existing government schemes prohibit the usage of machinery (such as earth movers) – a critical requirement for efficient execution of water conservation work – and hence an alternate strategy had to be devised. I am glad to have got requisite support from Hindustan
Speaking on the collaboration, Mr. Kalyan Ranjan, Associate Vice President – PAC, Hindustan
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