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  Project Name


Surodi Watershed Development



Villagers of SurodiVidynan Vahini



rural development and environment







  Budget Approved


$ 6000


  Year Approved







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  Chapter Coordinators













The villagers of Surodi have come together to develop thier
village in an overall manner. Surodi is in Ahmednagar district in
Maharashtra which has very scanty rainfall. Since the main
occupation of the villagers is agriculture (however, not water
intensive crops) they have proposed this project of watershed
development whereby they can capture rain water and harvest
the same for agricultural and other purposes. This is very encouraging since the villagers have studied the water requirement with very little outside help and written up a proposal for water harvesting by building bunds.





40% of the construction was completed by the villagers by way of "Shramadaan" in 2001-2002 and another 25% was completed in 2003. About 40 mm rainfall in May 2004 has filled 12 out of the 30 bunds constructed so far. There is sufficient collection by the new bunds to give water through the hand pumps.





The main objective of the project is to capture rainwater in the village to recharge the soil, to recharge the wells. This will give the villagers enough water to grow the seasonal crops, which is their main occupation. This is also a novel initiative since no external influence is involved and the labour for building these bunds for harvesting water will be provided by the villagers themselves.



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