NTPC (National Thermal Power Corporation Limited), a Central Public Sector Undertaking under the Ministry of Power in Mouda, Maharashtra has helped over 150 villages to overcome water scarcity through groundwater rejuvenation projects. As part of its CSR (Corporate social responsibility) initiative, NTPC Mouda is supporting the Jalyukta Shivar Yojana project which has successfully and effectively managed to turn Mouda into a water-surplus tehsil.
Previously, Mouda was one of Nagpur’s most water-deficient tehsils. The project, which began in 2017, has covered more than 200 kilometers in the tehsils of Mouda, Hingna, and Kamptee. About 150 villagers have benefited from it in the last four years. NTPC Mouda had contributed over 78 lakhs for the fuel costs of the machines involved and other equipment. For a similar rejuvenation project of 5 ponds, over an area of 1,000 acres, an amount of 1 Crore has been provided by NTPC Mouda.
Hari Prasad Joshi, Group General Manager, NTPC Mouda said, “We are committed to the development of the nearby community and NTPC Mouda will ensure that it plays its part in doing so.
The Trap the rain where it falls technique entails the construction of ponds and nullahs along the river’s stretch to store rainwater for a longer period of time. Earlier, the rainwater would run off the ground, but now the water gets sufficient time to percolate deep into the ground. Groundwater levels have risen dramatically as a result of this.
Farmers in this region struggled to get water for crops like paddy, wheat, and chilly during the pre-harvesting seasons. Now, the stored rainwater has provided a new lease of life to their crops and income levels.