Pune village gets water through joint initiative Villagers approached Jnana Prabodhini, a local NGO, which joined hands with a tech firm to mobilise funds for digging the well at the site of a dried river.

The well in Varoti village near Pune was completed in three years thus offering a solution to water scarcity. Photo credit: Sunil Jorkar
The well in Varoti village near Pune was completed in three years offering a permanent solution to water scarcity. Photo: Sunil Jorkar

Varoti is like a desert in the proximity of an ocean. Situated about 70 km from the fledging city of Pune, the village is surrounded by several high-capacity storage dams such as Panshet, Varasgaon and Khadakvasla.

But the dams were built to cater to the growing water requirements of city dwellers, ignoring the villages around them.

Eleven of the village’s youth working in cities contributed Rs 1,000 each to begin work on construction of a well. The site of the well was the dried up bed of the stream. However, the budget for dredging was close to Rs 5 lakh.

So, the villagers approached Jnana Prabodhini, a non-profit that has been working in the area for over 30 years and the NGO  decided to facilitate fund-raising only on the condition that the villagers had to be at the forefront of all efforts.

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