The Rain Centre is intended to be the central hub for information dissemination on rain water harvesting in India. The house, by itself, will be a live exhibit on installed rooftop and surface water harvesting systems. In addition, the rain centre will act as a charitable institution to obtain funds for implementing rain water harvesting systems in charitable institutions such as orphanages, old age homes, and in slums for the benefit of deprived community.
Akash Ganga Chennai started in July 2001 with active participation by about ten citizen volunteers in Chennai. The group's objective is to promote Rain water harvesting in India. Since inception, the group has conducted several seminars, printed and distributed pamphlets, conducted training sessions for builders and masons. Today, there are over 100 people in the group and it is growing.
Early on, the group realized that their cause would be more effectively spread if they had a model installation that people can look at. We lacked a facility where we could take the citizen or homeowner and show the rain water harvesting system in action. This need was the birth of the rain centre. Today, after several months of effort, the rain centre is a reality. For information on what is available at the rain centre please browse this website. And please take a virtual tour of the rain centre.