Ladies of the lakes: Woman power revive Karnataka’s dry water bodies

Updated On May 13, 2017 03:54 PM IST
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Women work for the lake rejuvenation project under MNREGA scheme at Bevanahalli village of Mandia district in Karnataka. A third consecutive year of drought has led to precariously low levels of water in reservoirs across the state, with the government announcing that it will only be able to provide water for drinking purposes. (Arijit Sen/HT Photo)
Updated on May 13, 2017 03:54 PM IST

Women work for the lake rejuvenation project under MNREGA scheme at Bevanahalli village of Mandia district in Karnataka. A third consecutive year of drought has led to precariously low levels of water in reservoirs across the state, with the government announcing that it will only be able to provide water for drinking purposes. (Arijit Sen/HT Photo)

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The tanks served as a source of drinking water for the villagers of Mandia, their cattle and for domestic chores. With most of the tanks gone dry, many of them are using bore well water for drinking purposes. (Arijit Sen/HT Photo)
Updated on May 13, 2017 03:54 PM IST

The tanks served as a source of drinking water for the villagers of Mandia, their cattle and for domestic chores. With most of the tanks gone dry, many of them are using bore well water for drinking purposes. (Arijit Sen/HT Photo)

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The lake which has gone dry for the first time has left the villagers with no water even for their cattle. (Arijit Sen/HT Photo)
Updated on May 13, 2017 03:54 PM IST

The lake which has gone dry for the first time has left the villagers with no water even for their cattle. (Arijit Sen/HT Photo)

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The scorching heat and the glaring sun don’t seem to deter the spirit of villagers clearing weed and silt from a dry lake. (Arijit Sen/HT Photo)
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The scorching heat and the glaring sun don’t seem to deter the spirit of villagers clearing weed and silt from a dry lake. (Arijit Sen/HT Photo)

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As many as 3000 women in the Mandya district are reviving lakes, ponds and irrigation tanks across 31 villages. These women have come together to force the administration to give them designated work under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act. (Arijit Sen/HT Photo)
Updated on May 13, 2017 03:54 PM IST

As many as 3000 women in the Mandya district are reviving lakes, ponds and irrigation tanks across 31 villages. These women have come together to force the administration to give them designated work under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act. (Arijit Sen/HT Photo)

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Villagers are concerned about an alarming trend of bore wells in the village which are now being dug up to the depth of 600 feet. (Arijit Sen/HT Photo)
Updated on May 13, 2017 03:54 PM IST

Villagers are concerned about an alarming trend of bore wells in the village which are now being dug up to the depth of 600 feet. (Arijit Sen/HT Photo)

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The women of Mandya are convinced that this is the way forward, inspired by the success of a similar movement by women in Gulbarga last year, where 28 water bodies were revived. (Arijit Sen/HT Photo)
Updated on May 13, 2017 03:54 PM IST

The women of Mandya are convinced that this is the way forward, inspired by the success of a similar movement by women in Gulbarga last year, where 28 water bodies were revived. (Arijit Sen/HT Photo)

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With the south-west monsoon expected soon,the labourers are worried about completing the task assigned on time. (Arijit Sen/HT Photo)
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With the south-west monsoon expected soon,the labourers are worried about completing the task assigned on time. (Arijit Sen/HT Photo)

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Rejuvenating these water bodies is expected help to in restoring ground water level, a step widely acclaimed my many experts. (Arijit Sen/HT Photo)
Updated on May 13, 2017 03:54 PM IST

Rejuvenating these water bodies is expected help to in restoring ground water level, a step widely acclaimed my many experts. (Arijit Sen/HT Photo)

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