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Assistance for Rehabilitation of Rural Artisan/Agriculturists in
the Earthquake Affected Areas of Gujara
 
Progress Report April to July 2001
 
 
   
 
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  Restoration and Repair of Water Harvesting Structures
 

SEWA’s Water Campaign had been promoting revival and construction of water harvesting structures, in Kutch, Surendranagar and Patan districts.

As a result, around 350 roof rain water harvesting tanks, for harvesting rain water at household level had been constructed. About 5 village ponds had been deepened and lined with agrifilm to harvest rain water and prevent salinity ingress. These structures had been managed by the communities themselves.

In Surendranagar district, the members have also taken over the operation and maintenance of the water supply scheme from the GWSSB and had been managing it for over 9 months. The system also had suffered severe damages.

SEWA immediately sent out a field team of engineers and geohydrologists to carry out the damage assessment. Based on the findings of their damage assessment, SEWA launched immediately restoration of the structures. This provided work and also income to the families in the villages. The details of the work undertaken are as follows :

   
 
S.N. Type of water sources Repair Construction Employment in Mandays
1. Kutch - - -
  Roof rain water harvesting tank
  • Community tank
  • Household tank
  • Gunav Well
  • Sub-surface barrier
  • Jallara Talab
  • Gokul Gram Yojana Talab
2
33
1
-
1
1
3
18
-
1
-
-
12 days
1 month
12 days
1 month
20 days
22 days
2. Patan - - -
 
  • Village pond
  • Plastic Line Pond
  • Community tank
  • Household roof rain water harvesting tank
  • Well Development for Jhakhotra Dhokawada
  • Village Well
  • Household tank for Bakutra village
2
2
-

-

12
4
10
-
-
6 125

-
-
-
-
25 days
15 days

8 days

8 days
-
8 days
3. Surendranagar - - -
 
  • Group water supply scheme GWSSB
  • Repairing of tank for women
  • Construction of Ghat (for bathing)
  • Filling material around tank
  • Providing Gutter for wastewater

1
2

2
-
2

-
-

-
-
-

-
2 days

8 days
2 days
3 days
Total 44 151 205 days
   
 
 

Through the support from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund SEWA also initiated construction of new roof rain water harvesting structures, along with shelter reconstruction. A 5000 litre capacity roof rain water harvesting tank is constructed with every house. So far about 200 such tanks have been constructed. The capacity was finalized, depending on the catchment area of the new houses being constructed.

SEWA’s architects and engineers have prepared the tank designs, which are earthquake resistant. The design has also been changed from square to circular from.

The water resources programme serves both drought proofing as well as earthquake rehabilitation measures.

   
 

In Dhangadhra block of Surendranagar district, the local Association Surendranagar Mahila and Balvikas Mandal, has taken over the O & M of the group water supply scheme since last one year. The overhead tank at the main pumping station as well as the village sumps were heavily damaged.

This disrupted water supply to the villages. SEWA immediately mobilized a team of local masons and local barefoot water technicians. The restoration and repair of overhead tanks as well as village sump was immediately taken up.

This was followed up by mobilizing the affected village communities in constructing drainage system and water reuse systems, in two out of the four villages covered under the group water supply scheme.

 
   
 
 

As a result, water supply was fully restored in all the four villages in about fifteen days time. Along with restoration, the drainage system was also set up, by the involvement of the village communities. With the support from the PMNRF, SEWA also introduced an innovative pulley, for drawing water from the wells. This pulley has been designed by a rural, grassroot innovator, which has a lock system. Therefore, the women while lifting the water out from the well, do not have to put in too much of energy in pulling. Even if they leave therope, the locking system, locks the pulley in that position and therefore the rope and vessel remain in steady position.

This reduces the strain on the young girls and women in lifting out water. So far, about 100 such pulleys have been fixed in 85 villages.

   
 

This provided immediate work and employment to about 5000 families. Also, the entire work turned into a development opportunity for the village, in reviving the water resources. The village communities being trained in O & M of the water resources.

   
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