Village residents come together to conserve water across Hassan

Residents of Chikkahonnenahalli working on the development of Chikkahonnenahalli Tank.  

Water conservation activities, initiated by the Hasirubhoomi Trust, a non-profit organisation of like-minded environmentalists and philanthropists of Hassan, met with a good response from people in and around Hassan.

Many have joined hands to protect waterbodies by contributing funds and taking up work on the ground. So far, the organisation that took shape in May 2017 has worked to rejuvenate six tanks and 17 ponds in Hassan taluk alone. Similar activities are going on in parts of Channarayapatna, Belur, Arsikere, Alur and Arkalgud taluks with the help of locals.

Now, the organisation has taken up the rejuvenation of Javenahalli tank in Hassan and Chikkahonnenahalli tank on the outskirts of the city.

Residents around Javenahalli have contributed over ₹6 lakh for the dredging work in the three-acre tank. “The tank remained a place to dump waste for years. The office-bearers of the trust interacted with locals and motivated us to take up the work,” said Bharat Bhushan, treasurer, Javenahalli Kere Abhivruddhi Samiti.

The trust’s activities began with the rejuvenation of Doddakondagola near Hassan last year. “The first activity has been successful. The tank is full and around 25 borewells in the village have been recharged. This has given confidence to the people of our village,” said Papacchi, a member of Doddakondagola Gram Swarajya Samiti.

The farmers of the village are happy with the development. They contributed funds for fishing in the tank. Recently, they harvested around 300 kg of fish.

Similarly, people of Chikkahonnehalli on the outskirts of Hassan, have taken up the rejuvenation of a tank spread over nearly eight acres. So far, the locals have spent about ₹6 lakh on dredging.

“We have approached the Minor Irrigation Department to construct walk-path, and chain link fencing around the tank,” said Kumar, a resident of Chikkahonnenahalli and member of Gram Swarajya Samiti in the village.

Subbu Swamy, president, Hasirubhoomi Trust, said the organisation had been motivating locals to take up the responsibility of rejuvenating the waterbodies. “We have received a good response from villagers. We wish to extend our activities to other places as well,” he said.

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