That Marathwada is reeling under the worst-ever drought is common knowledge. Close to the parched city of Latur, which has been making headlines with water trains, is Beed, a district whose residents aren’t any better off. The sun is scorching and water is more precious than ever.
But there is a ray of hope. Fulora Foundation, a social services and charity NGO, has been providing relief to the people of Beed by mobilising its teams in the Parli region of Beed district. These teams are working with local authorities to supply water tankers free of cost under the project Jal Aadhar 2016.
Under this campaign, led by social activist and ex-India Against Corruption leader Mayank Gandhi, over 10,000 litres of water is being supplied to each of more than 25 villages and 35,000-40,000 people every day. Fulora, which started the project about a week ago, aims to continue it till June, when hopefully the rain gods will open up the skies. In fact, the team has successfully supplied over 11 lakh litres of water to people in this parched district.
Says activist Mayank Gandhi: This is just a temporary solution to the issue, but we intend to establish sustainable models in the region, to permanently curb such situations from arising in the future.” Gandhi has been planning various projects for water conservation such as building check dams, deepening ponds and rivers, and other processes. Over 50 sarpanch of villages, the Tehsildar, the local municipal chairman and other officials have also come together and vowed to make Parli tanker-free in future and drought-resistant.
An operation of this scale needs help from several quarters and funds are running out for Fulora Foundation. You too can contribute to this noble cause by donating. Here are the details for bank transfer:
Account name: Fulora Foundation Bank
Bank and branch name: HDFC Bank. FC Road Branch, Pune
Account number: 50100114337946
IFSC Code: HDFC0000103
MICR Code: 411240007
For more information about ‘Jal Adhar 2016’, please contact Bhairavi Gawade on +91-9619075733.
You can sponsor a minimum of one tanker of Rs 1500- Rs 2000.
Donation link on Ketto: http://fulora.ketto.org/jal-aadhar