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Friday, July 10, 2009

Protection of Traditional Water Harvesting Structures can solve the Problem in Palamu

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This summer brought more pains and tragedies to humans and cattle in Palamu region of Jharkhand, the new state of India. Though most part of environment in many regions of the state (and also of the entire country) had to experienced intense heat this summer, the delayed monsoon brought more tears in the eyes of the hopeless farmers of Palamu loosing their cattle one by one due to thirst and hunger.

Palamu is the region already known to the world. Many nongovernment organizations have been working in this region, and some of them have been known to run projects fed by foreign funds also. A number of water conservation and irrigation projects have also been launched in the area by the government also. But the news reports that rushed every morning during this summer brought more cries and agony with them.

As for cattle, they usually tend to adapt to the harsh changes in the environment, reports of their serial deaths in open fields of the area, that too due to the scarcity of fodder and water, that too where a number of irrigation and water conservation projects are running on, and that too in a region where people have lots of experiences of fighting with adverse conditions, seems more strange and painful.

Climatic fluctuations that have shaped the warming conditions to acquire one cumulative name the “Climate Change” today are not new to history and geography. As climates remained changing since early historic periods and the aridity kept on increasing with it gradually, in different parts of the world, people remained active in intensifying the conservation of water. Water conservation, especially the Rain Water Harvesting Practices are not new to our traditions.

The increasing aridity over last few millennia gave shape to the concept – Capture Rain Where it falls. And this concept is translated as “Rain Water Harvesting”, which is seen in different traditional forms in different parts of India, and “Ahar- Pyne” system in Palamu is one among them.

Physical surveys show that the areas of Ahars are going on reducing and Pynes are going on narrowing continuously over past ten years in Palamu region. This is irresponsible action on the part of farmers. Reports reveal that most of the lift irrigation systems over perennial streams have gone defunct in this region. Though farmers have become more aware of their rights as reflects from their present modes of actions, it is always in their favor that they protect Ahars and Pynes and develop more of them instead of expanding their crop fields into these structures. If we don’t protect our traditional water harvesting structures on our own, who is there to come forward to repair the mistakes done by us? If people don’t come forward to help NGOs or the Government agencies in helping them, the problem can not be solved.

Not a genuine person can favor the corrupt practices, if those practices really exist with some government agencies, or with any NGO. On the other hand, people too are blessed with hands and feet and wisdom to construct new water harvesting structures and protect the traditional one’s while standing erect for their rights, but with a complete civic sense and responsibility.

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