The village is a head quarters of a gram panchayat having seven habitations, the entire panchayat is located on the hill top. The village is situated 15 km from Indevelly town and is 25 km away from Adilabad, the district headquarters in Andhra Pradesh. The village is having a tribal population of 450 covered in 70 houses. There are two temples in the village and there is a primary school housing 52 students studying up to fifth grade. Agriculture is the most preferred livelihood in the village in which they grow cash crops like Cotton and Soya bean. Jowar, Paddy, Pulses and vegetables are the other crops grown for the consumption purposes. The livestock rearing is practiced as a supplementary livelihood in the village, where there are about 74 cows and 104 bulls and 21 goats in the village. The agriculture works are the major source of employment. The villagers also involves in gathering of minor forest produce like Tendu leaves, Mahuwa flowers and collection of seeds. There are about four women self help groups and two men micro finance groups functioning in the village on savings and credit activities.
Status of Drinking Water in the Village
Since the formation of village, it was very rich in water streams and greenery. Whereas the water table has came down gradually in course of time, leaving the village in a status of traveling five km to fetch water for both drinking and domestic use. There is only one tank in the village which stores the rain water and serves the water need of the village up to November or December and it gets dried up during the remaining period of the year. There are about two open wells and a bore well in the village which gets recharged through the water in the tank. These water sources serves the village up to March the village is facing acute water scarcity during the period of April to June, when the entire family is engaged in collecting water from long distances. The cattle have to be taken to very far distances for water and grazing, it takes even till evening to find the water streams for livestock. The children and women travel more than four km in search of water streams for domestic purposes. The regular household activities are heavily disturbed during these lean months due to the time spent for collecting water.
Way Forward and Expected Benefits
People want to construct an Oorani in the down stream side of the tank which would be of great use for the villages to access water during the lean period. The water would be used for the domestic needs of the 70 houses and will also benefit the near by villages in summer with a population of 700. The people are eagerly looking forward to improve the water table in the village. The village association for water ensures that the available water in the tank is used to the optimum for rearing fish and irrigating the agricultural fields nearby. The village association is functioning effectively in protecting the existing water bodies. The newly proposed structure would help the village to fill the gap in water availability. The Oorani will help in recharging the open well and tube well in the village. The project would help saving around 50 percent of the time and energy spent in search for water, which could be invested for other productive works. four hamlets with a populationof 1150 would benefit from this intervention.
Villagers Speak Before Construction...
“Villagers say …………my village is situated in the top of the hill thus getting water during the summer is very difficult. We bring water using bullock cart. We have no other transport facility. We travel around four km to get water. Even I spent 8 to 12 hours per day to collect water to my home during summer. I know few people spend their entire night with torch light for getting a pot of drinking water.”
“Getting drinking water is costing more than our lives here. We go to faraway streams to fetch water where there is a risk of getting attacked by wild animals… Kumra Mothiram, Village head.”
“We lose daily wages and time for other house hold works including caring the children due to drinking water problem. We need to take up more number of works on water bodies in and around the village to resolve the issue……… Thumram Nagu, Village Head. ”
Villagers Speak During Construction...
Over the above budget DHAN Foundation contributes Rs. 40,000 by providing professional and techno managerial support to the community.
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