The article written by Eshwer Kale and Marcella D’Souza was published in the compendium ‘Water Conservation and Saving in Agriculture: Initiatives, Achievements and Challenges in Maharashtra’ by Water Resources Department (WRD) Government of Maharashtra.
The Muster (fortnightly work-payment sheet) is the main source of data about completion of work. Tracking work progress and ensuring that payments are done on time are some of the field challenges in Watershed Development. Geo-referencing work done on web-enabled maps can make for accuracy and transparency.
At WOTR, we have GPS-enabled mobiles, preloaded with geo-referenced map of the village which gather attribute and GPS data along with geo-referenced photographs. The GPS system simultaneously collects real-time co-ordinates of the work executed. The data thus collected is transferred to the web-server, and in turn the user can view this on the village map loaded on the Mobile device.
The system also can generate various reports.