What happened when the villagers of Ramsar village transformed 52 hectares of barren land into a lake
Until now, Ramsar village in the deserted land of Rajashthan has been just like any other Indian villages, but recently the efforts of the villagers brought Ramsar into limelight. The villagers worked hard for five months to prepare a large area of barren land in their village to conserve water.
There were 52 hectares of barren land near Bhilo ki Basti in Ramsar which villagers usually used as dumping ground to dispose off garbage. There was also a water outlet, which worked as a channel to Ramsar lake. Unfortunately the channel went dry over a period of time and the land was left barren. Villagers put in all their efforts to build a lake on this barren land. Five months later, and when pre-monsoon showers hit the Ramsar village, the large barren land has been transformed into a lake, which is now recharging the wells of nearby villages as well.
This barren land was not in use. We took this land to develop a lake and sanctioned Rs 8 lakh for it. Now you can see the results, said the District Collector.
The five feet deep lake has a capacity of 4.08 TMC (thousand million cubic feet). The lake received a good amount of water during the showers and now underground water is recharging the wells that had dried up this summer. The lake will help villagers become self-reliant in terms of water and they will be able to fulfil their drinking water needs. The villagers who had nothing to do during the summer months have now sown seeds and are confident that they will get water for irrigation on time.