With the availability of enough rains and a vast network of rivers and rivulets, the project areas of Sadguru Foundation offers great scope for water harvesting on these sources. Considering the geographic feasibility and prioritizing on the need of the local community, Sadguru has contributed significantly in the field of water harvesting, particularly through masonry water harvesting structures over the years. Sadguru Foundation is very well known for its technical design and workmanship. Many check dams are still fully operational even after more than three decades of their construction.
Cumulatively, 376 check dams have been operationalized by us over the years having the potential to irrigate about 56,976 acres in one season of Rabi, benefitting 24,418 households. The main feature of our check dam is that they are relatively of bigger sizes than the ones usually constructed by the government departments and NGOs. Most of our structures have a storage capacity ranging from 20 mcft to 350 mcft. The total storage of the check dams planned and constructed by the Foundation is over 2,000 mcft, which is very significant considering the fact that this is achieved under the collaboration between NGO and the Government. A part of the success can be attributed to the Foundation’s insistence on the post-project management by the community. For each check dam, an informal check dam group is established consisting of the people from the community benefitting from the check dam. The group monitors the physical condition of the check dam and operationalizes the gate management during the monsoon season. Many of these check dams are also connected with Lift Irrigation schemes and thereby managed by Lift Irrigation co-operatives.
RECENTLY COMPLETED PROJECTS
Simalaghasi Check Dam
Across river Panam in Devgadh Baria taluka of Dahod district, Gujarat
Borbhathod Check Dam
Across river Hiren in Sajjangarh taluka of Banswara district, Rajasthan
Dhirahedi Check Dam
Across river Ujar in Sangot taluka of Kota district, Rajasthan