Challahalli is a small village near Rajanakunte
with a population of around 200 people.
The villagers depend on
agriculture and livestock. The village had a 5-acre seasonal lake that had dried up many years ago. After this, there was acute water shortage in
this village and even the bore-wells
started to dry up with no ground water recharge.
Realising this danger, some villagers grouped together and decided to revive this lake. They mobilised some funds among themselves and a portion of the lake was dredged and a bund was created around it and the feeder channel was cleaned . Being a rain catchment area, despite poor rainfall this year, they managed to get some water flowing into the lake. The previous Community Service Committee learnt about this and decided to support the efforts of these villagers.
also extending our support to
this village’s lake development
efforts to dredge the remaining portion
of the lake , strengthen the bund and create a silt trap to prevent water-borne
soil from entering the lake.
Rejuvenation of village lakes is an absolute
necessity since it promotes the development of agricultural lands around it ,
thereby helping the economic status of the villagers. Lakes are an important
part of the rural ecosystem. Although they are relatively small in size, lakes
perform significant environmental, social and economic functions. In addition
to being a source of drinking water and recharging the groundwater, they also
act as sponges to control flooding, support biodiversity and provide
livelihoods for the villagers.
Rtn.Dr. Haran is taking the lead from the Rotary
Community Service Committee to work together and develop this village
lake into a sustainable water conservation project. We also intend to work on
the development of at least two more
village lakes during this year.