Article written by Eshwer Kale published in the Economic and Political Weekly (EPW) (Vol. 52, Issue No. 3 dated 21 Jan, 2017)
WOTR had been the knowledge partner for the ‘Satyameva Jayate Water Cup 2016’. Dr. Marcella D’Souza, Executive Director and our Managing Trustee, Mr.Crispino Lobo were felicitated by Shri. Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra on 15 August 2016 in Mumbai. Also present on this occasion were Aamir Khan & Kiran Rao, founders of Paani Foundation and Vallabh Bhansali, Chairman, ENAM Group.
As a Knowledge Partner in the first ‘Satyameva Jayate Water Cup 2016’, WOTR was involved in designing and providing technical and leadership training for the villagers. WOTR’s engineers provided on-site technical support in planning and execution of the soil and water conservation (SWC) measures during the contest period. WOTR also played a crucial role in designing the assessment parameters and process for deciding the winners of the contest.
116 villages across three blocks - Koregaon, Ambejogai and Warud, of Maharashtra competed for the first edition of ‘Satyameva Jayate Water Cup 2016’ to make their village water sufficient. The Cup was awarded in recognition to efforts put in by the villagers for watershed management and water conservation in the stipulated time frame. The total water storage created by the competing villages was 1,368 crore litres of water which was equal to 13, 68,000 tankers of water. ‘Satyamev Jayate Water Cup Award 2016 was awarded to five villages — Velu (Koregaon -Satara), Khapartone (Ambejogai -Beed), Jaigaon (Koregaon-Satara), Radi Tanda (Ambejogai -Beed) and Wathoda (Warud-Amravati).