Of all the water that exists on our planet, around 97% is salt water. Of the 3% or so of fresh water available, almost half of it remains frozen in glaciers, ice caps, or deep underground aquifers. Yes – just around 1.5% is available for our use, making every drop count. Further, with continuing population growth and industrial growth, demand continues to escalate in a supply-constrained domain.

Improving the Lives in Rural India by Technology-enabled Solutions

YEIDA – Water Management & Holistic Community Development

WHEELS Water Council aspires to become ‘trusted partners’ to catalyze holistic rural resurgence through Collaborative Governance for rural infrastructure and, integrated water conservation and management with technology as the enabler.

Water is a critical resource that impacts rural livelihood, economy and health. It is intricately linked to the achievement of several Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) such as SDG 3: Good Health; SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation; and SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. The Indian government launched Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) in 2019 which is aimed at providing tap-water connections to every household based on a community approach that includes extensive information, education and communication as the key components. Tap – water connections within the household aim to reduce drudgery and enhance ease of living especially for young girls and women who are often burdened with the task of fetching water by walking long distances.

MoU with Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) for Restoration and Revival of Water bodies and Holistic Community Development

We are very happy to share that we have recently signed and exchanged a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) and WHEELS Global Foundation (WGF)   for Restoration and Revival of Water bodies and Holistic Community Development, leveraging our Himachal Pradesh collaborative governance model and the Execution Convergence Portal. 

An Agreement of Association (AOA) between WGF and its champion consortium partners was also signed and enclosed with the MoU. Our Partners with proven experience in the relevant fields  are ATE Chandra Foundation and Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. Spoken Tutorial of IIT, Bombay will support in community communication and IT training etc. 

The Project is to commence from 15th January, 2023. The Inception meeting was held on 6th January. It’s heartening to mention the background of the Project. Dr Arun Veer Singh, CEO, YEIDA, invited WGF for a presentation on 30th Nov. 2022. We met CEO, YEIDA together with several of WGF partners and discussed the need of restoration and rejuvenation of water ponds and holistic community development in the villages in YEIDA’s administrative jurisdiction. Based on multiple discussions between all of us, a draft MOU and draft AOA was finalised with detailed action plan for outcomes in the following areas:

Natural Resources Productivity and Climate Change

Economic and livelihoods

Community institutions and sustainability

Social & Health

The Execution Convergence Portal for Collaborative Governance, developed by WGF for Rural Resurgence through Water Security for rejuvenation of springs in Himachal Pradesh, will be implemented for this project also. The AoA details the tasks etc to be carried out, which will be mapped in the Portal.

The Himachal Pradesh project gave an effective fund multiplier of 1:10 for contributions, through leveraging convergence with schemes of the government under the formal MoU. The state government is now taking up 500 more springs for rejuvenation in HP which provides almost a 100 times scalability of the Pilot project, from 55 to 500 springs, covering almost the whole state. The YEIDA project provides replicability of the Collaborative Governance model for water management-led holistic community development, initiated in HP, with the technology Portal as the anchor.

 

Waste segregation awareness to educate children in Achhepur Village of YEIDA- A street performance by Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham students
Wall Painting for Messaging
Geo Tagging of the project Sites

Some Rlated Information from HP Project

Case Study - Lag Chaouwada Suhada Spring

This is a natural spring in the Jhandutta block of Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh. The People’s Science Institute (PSI) identified the spring as a part of the project which was under Irrigation and Public Health department (IPH). Water was supplied through pipes to the households in the villages of Lag and Bagla through the open spring, thus catering to 113 families in the villages. Since, the spring was exposed to open environment, the quality of water provided through the spring was not good enough. As part of the WASSR project, Manav Vikas Sanstha (MVS) intervened and made the people aware regarding the drawbacks of the open spring and the deterioration in the water quality due to it.

With awareness created by MVS, community members took the initiative to cover the spring. Inspiration for the design came from a similar spring in Hamirpur block. They also added an innovation of making a hand pump and a lever system from the spring so that water could be retrieved without accessing the spring physically. MVS, in order to encourage the people working for the spring made them the members of the Panni Samiti (Water User Group), which provided them with a recognition in the village as well. The total cost of this intervention was INR 1,29,100 resulting in a per capita expenditure of 387 Rupees and a per household expenditure of INR 1143. In comparison to this, other water supply alternatives, according to expert estimates, cost on an average of 15,000 INR/capita.

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Collaborative Governance: Lessons from Spring Rejuvenation Pilot in Himachal Pradesh

WGF leaders providing oversight:

Water-Council leaders:

Ms. Gauri Kumar and Yogesh Andlay

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