...consecutive years of droughts have led to repeated crop failure and economic losses for farmers. Traditionally, the communities here created small dams and tanks to store water during the dry season, but years of neglect have led to silt accumulation and reduced their water storage capacity. The impact of the 2015 droughts jolted the farmer communities and NGO’s into action.
They launched a pilot project, funded by a local philanthropist, to desilt a few dams to increase their water storage capacity. The projects’ success and the group’s lobbying efforts prompted the State Government to introduce a new policy called Gaal Yukt Shivar, which aims to desilt over 30,000 small dams and reservoirs over a four-year period.