Manjra Rejuvenation Latur, Maharashtra

Vasundhara Gaurav

The project involves de-silting an 18km stretch along the Sai barrage to increase its holding capacity to 18.5 million cubic metre. Latur requires 18.25 million cubic meter of water per annum. Plans are to remove about 45 lakh cubic metre of silt. In 2013, they succeeded in convincing people in three villages in Latur district to pool in money to carry out de-silting work as well as construct low-cost Gabion structures to trap rain water. This helped increase the water level in not just bore wells, but regular above-ground wells in surrounding villages and helped maintain the greenery.