- M Subha Maheswari
How one retired professor made this village drought-free
Ashok Sonawane is a retired professor from a private college in Nashik. It started out as a lecture on water harvesting which transformed into a water conservation movement that made the entire village drought-free.
Deshwandi village, near Sinnar taluka about 30 km from Nashik, and formally a drought-prone area, became water self-sufficient in just two years. All thanks to the rainwater harvesting taken up by Ashok Sonawane.
After some discussions with the retired professor, about a dozen youngsters teamed up to experiment with some rainwater harvesting initiatives. People also planted grass and thorny shrubs along the trenches to avoid soil erosion in the trenches.
The Zilla Parishad declared it as drought-free area as no water tankers had been called for the two monsoon seasons.