Vandre Village Well construction inauguration Ceremony
Pune, June 2016 : On the occasion of World Environment Day TERRE Policy Centre in the collaboration of 100 Pipers Music CD’s under their CSR activities inaugurated a well construction activity in Vandre village in Mulshi Taluka, Pune.
Vandre village is located in Mulshi Tehsil of Pune district in Maharashtra, India. It is situated 45km away from sub-district headquarter Paud. The total geographical area of village is 829.56 hectares. Vandre has a total population of 781 peoples. There are about 116 houses in Vandre village. Pune is nearest town to Vandre which is approximately 80km away.
Ahervadi region of the Vandre village where the Gore Vasti is located is an area which comes under the rain fed region of the Sahayadris and since it is located on the steep slopes of the Sahayadris, the water runoff rate in this region is high. Storage of the rain water is difficult. Hence the villagers face water scarcity for two out of three seasons of the year. The localites have constructed a well but the wells water is murky and also insufficient for the use of the entire village. The villagers need water for drinking, farming, cattle and other domestic purposes. The villagers have to travel a distance of at least an hour on foot to the neighbouring village or Mulshi Dam to get water for the daily use. Over that one family needs a minimum of 10 big earthen pots of water per day.
This problem was informed to TERRE Policy Centre by the localite named Jalandhar Dhamale. TERRE surveyed the region and discussed the issue with the rest of the villagers and the Sarpanch, Lahu Lakshman Walanj. It was concluded in the discussion that there is a need of expanding the depth and the width of the old well and to restore and revive the well to meet the water needs of the village.
Hence on the occasion of the World Environment Day 2016, TERRE inaugurated the Revival and Restoration of the well in the Ahervadi region of Vandre village as a CSR activity with 100 Pipers Music CD’s. The chief guest was Mr. Rambhooj, who is the Regional Director of UNESCO and deals with the accreditation of world natural heritage sites. The inauguration was done by Mr. Rambhooj accompanied with Mr. Rajendra Shende, Chairman of TERRE Policy Centre and former Director UNEP, Paris and Dr. Vinita Apte, President of TERRE Policy Centre, in the presence of the Sarpanch and the villagers.
During the inaugural ceremony Mr. Rambhooj inspired the villagers to conserve the natural resources of the beautiful environment in which they reside. Dr. Vinita Apte conveyed the messaged that to make a difference globally we need to act locally and empowering the youth and encouraging the youth to participate in these activities will help us solve the local issues. Mr. Rajendra Shende appreciated the villagers on not just building toilets but also keeping them clean. He felt that the villagers were enthusiastic for keeping the village clean and tidy. He shared his experience about his journey to Sikkim, a small state in northern India, where fertilizers used for farming are only organic ones. He encouraged the villagers to use organic fertilizers for farming by explaining them the procedure to make organic fertilizers. He also encouraged the youth and the women of the village and made them realize their importance in the progress of the village.
An interaction session was conducted in which further problems faced by the villagers and notions on the financial growth and employment of the village in a sustainable manner were discussed. The main reason behind all the problems is scarcity of water due to excessive runoff and absence of storage of rainwater. To this problem Mr. Rajendra Shende suggested that small reservoirs should be constructed on the nearby plains in between the mountains from which water can be used throughout the year. He also suggested that to increase the financial growth Agro-tourism, poultry farming and livestock rearing and breeding should be carried out. The villagers suggested that the fruits and flowers that are grown in the village can be transported and sold to the nearby city.
The inaugural ceremony concluded by the distribution of small solar lamps under TERRE Policy Centre Light for Brilliant campaign, one for each family among the villagers. Also there was a launch of a photography competition that is being conducted by UNESCO on the theme “Science for Sustainability”. After the inaugural ceremony, Water tanker facility was provided to Vandre, Mugaon and Walen village Mulshi Taluka, Pune.