Maharashtra water crisis: Ganesh mandals provide 51 water tankers to drought-hit villages

Together, they raised Rs 60,000, which was used to provide 51 water tankers.

By: Express News Service | Pune | Published:May 16, 2016 5:16 am
Ganwardhan Foundation, pune ganesha mandals, ganesha mandals pune, pune mandals ,pune news, india news Desarda added, “As per the weather department report, the Maharashtra region should receive rainfall in another 10-15 days. We will wait till then. If it doesn’t happen, we will again collect a sum to provide more water tankers.”

Last month, when a few members of city-based organisation Ganwardhan Foundation were watching television, they stumbled upon a news report about drought-hit villages in Solapur. The next day, they met some of the Ganesh Mandals in the city and decided to reach out to the villages and help them. Together, they raised Rs 60,000, which was used to provide 51 water tankers, a tanker for each of the 51 villages near Barshi, Solapur. Besides, they also provided a tonne of fodder to the chaavni (open animal camps) in Aanewadi.

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“Eleven representatives from various Ganesh mandals and a few organisations travelled to Solapur last week and personally made sure that the water reaches the people,” said Sunil Mishra of Ganwardhan Foundation. Some of the Ganesh mandals which participated in the initiative included Kedar Mitra Mandal, Vikram Mitra Mandal, Shivsamrajya Group, Kriyasheel Foundation and Omkar Mitra Mandal.

“We carried out this activity in Barshi and neighbouring villages with the assistance of a local organisation named Mahavir Jain Jankalyan Samiti that works in the area,” said Prateek Desarda. The villages where the water tankers have been provided are – Khandvi, Korphale, Vanewadi, Aanewadi, and Tandulwad, among others.

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Desarda added, “As per the weather department report, the Maharashtra region should receive rainfall in another 10-15 days. We will wait till then. If it doesn’t happen, we will again collect a sum to provide more water tankers.”

 

 

 

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    Shantilal Muttha
    May 5, 2017 at 11:26 am
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