Neeruganti Venkatappa, now 70 years old, is one of an ancestral line of tank managers called Neeruganti, who preside over the ancient human-made lakes of Karnataka. This 400 year-old lake, Doddammanakere, is one of over 4,500 built during the Vijayanagara Empire (1336-1646), forming a cascading system with a recorded history of over a thousand years. Speaking from the knowledge preserved by centuries of Neeruganti, Venkatappa shares their history. … Continue readingIntroduction To Neeruganti And The Role They Play In The Community.
Diversity is the one word that characterises the rainfed agricultural areas of India, spread over 77 million hectares of the country. Diversity of the cultures and cuisines of the indigenous communities that live there. Diversity of flora and fauna. Diversity of crops and cropping patterns. And diversity in topography, rainfall patterns and soils. … Continue readingIntroducing Rain Fed Agricultural Systems
By Nayantara Lakshman
The ownership of water preservation and conservation is not only for indigenous and rural communities, but also for all of us who live in larger towns and cities. It is in fact us who consume more than needed, simply because we seldom witness the element of scarcity as our taps always provide more than enough water.
These lakes were built by the Palegara or the local chieftains of the empire. The extent of ruling of the chieftains expands all the way to Pathapalya, Gummanayakanahalli, Kalkooru, and Teluru … Continue readingLake Manager Story From Chikkaballapura
“On a hot sunny day, when I was travelling for work across the paddy fields of East Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh, which is famous for its lush green paddy fields. The sight of the vast expanses of the water filled paddy fields, stretched up to the horizon, iridescently glistening under the bright tropical
… Continue readingWading Over The Muddy Fields
India, the second-most populous country in the world, with about 1.3 billion population is one of the largest consumers of water. And its extremely high demand for water coupled with poor and unequal water distribution throughout the country has left people finding it extremely difficult to access water. As per … Continue readingLong Wait For a Pail Of Water
Jakhau, a village in Gujarat, is one such place where people are suffering from horrid water access. Located in the Kutch district of Gujarat, this village is 15 km away from the Jakhau port where it meets the Arabian Sea. Due to its proximity to the sea, groundwater in Jakhau … Continue readingWater Access In Jahkau, Gujarat
Nalgonda district in the state of Telangana saw the first case of Fluorosis in 1937, and in the following years, about 1108 habitations were severely affected. According to the District Fluoride Monitoring Centre (DFMC), over 19 lakh population of Nalgonda are at risk because of the high concentration of fluoride found in groundwater. … Continue readingFluoride Issue In Nalgonda District In The State Of Telangana
Vantamamidi is a small village in Visakhapatnam of Andhra Pradesh. Situated along the Eastern Ghat belt, the village is at an elevation of 792 metres. … Continue readingSprings And The Walk For Drinking Water