A look at the traditional water harvesting techniques used across the country.

india Updated: May 16, 2003 18:58 IST

Chattisgarh as in Western Orissa, kata, munda, and bandha are commonly adopted water conserving practice. A kata is an ordinary tank constructed by putting in place a stone embankment. It is constructed on either ways, north to south or east to west and is slightly curved at both ends and so constructed to leverage on the natural drainage line.

This is small embankment built across any kind of drainage channel - be it a riverlet and stream. Designed on a smaller scale, individual farmers could build it for limited use.

This is four-sided tank excavated below a kata from which it receives water by percolation.

First Published: May 10, 2003 21:35 IST