Babita Rajput from Agrotha village in Madhya Pradesh convinced the villagers to dig a 12-feet wide trench to divert the rainwater to the village. Here’s how she went about it Ramratan Rajput, a 26-year-old farmer in the Agrotha of Madhya Pradesh, says that it has rained only twice in their village in 2020. But despite such low rainfall, the ten wells, and five bore wells around his 12-acre farm have sufficient water in them. The canals around his farm are flowing, geared up for the approaching summers. Like Ramratan, 1,400 villagers in the area are leading a peaceful life in the drought-affected region of Bundelkhand. However, until 2018, the situation looked bleak in the water-stressed village.
“For years, the residents of the village were suffering under the water crisis. While they had access to a 70-acre lake in the vicinity, the water body was dry. Moreover, the little rainwater the village received drained-off from the other side of a hill and merged with the Bachheri River,” says 19-year-old Babita Rajput, a resident of Agrotha. Speaking with The Better India, she says the sight of losing valuable water resources when they merged with the river every monsoon pained the villagers. To add to their woes, they spent the remaining months of the year relying on the small amount of water accumulated in the lake. Out of the total area of the lake, only four acres contained rainwater for villagers to use. “We always thought about diverting the rainwater to one side of the hill and channelising it to fill the talaab (lake). But the hill belonged to the forest department, and digging even an inch of land is not permitted,” Babita says. Source:www.thebetterindia.com