Shirasgaon village is a remote hilly area situated on the hilltop, located in the Sangamner block of Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra. The block headquarter is at a distance of about 40 km. The geographical area is 746 ha
Out of the total geographical area, 40% is terrace land and 60% of land is sloppy where rain-fed agriculture is the predominant land use. The catchments area is mainly on the sloppy lands which lead to a heavy run-off and the rainwater flows down-stream
LocationMaharashtra, Ahmednagar district, India
Primary Focus: Drinking Water - Community
Secondary Focus: Capacity Building
People Getting Safe Drinking Water: 607
People get water for 8 months but this water is not safe for drinking purpose. Rest of the period people have to walk a distance of 1 to 1.5 km from the hill top to the valley to collect the water.
number of families : 114
adult Men : 182
women : 172
children : 253
School Children Getting Water:
Presently the school children have no access to drinking water. Since the village is situated on the hill top, there is an enormous scarcity of water and the children have to travel to a distance of aprox. 1000 ft to get water.
After the implementation of the project a provision of a stand post will be made and the school can access water from it.
A total of 87 students (girls 48, boys 39) will get benefit from this activity.
People Getting Sanitation: 243
About 40% of the total population have access to sanitation facilities. This information has been collected through discussion with the villagers.
People Getting Other Benefits:
This village has been selected for the watershed development programme in the year 2004 by WOTR.
Presently the project is in the capacity building phase. The process of community organisation and social mobilisation as well as the technical aspects of the watershed is under process.
Application Type: Project Funding
Start Date: 2007-01-01
Completion Date: 2007-12-31
Considering the above problem the women members of the SHGs and SMS have taken the initiative to solve this problem with the help of the Village Development Committee and the Gram-Panchayat. There are total 6 SHGs involving 92 members. The SMS and Village Development Committee (VDC) have prepared the plan and estimate of the proposed drinking water project from the engineering dept. of Sangammner sugar factory. The women and village community have identified a permanent source of water in the valley, near to the natural water-fall at distance of (510 mtrs) 1700 ft in the field belonging to Shri Namdev Sakharam Chaudary. He has donated 1000 sq. ft plot of the well to Gram-Panchayat for the implementation of drinking water project.
It is planned that a new well will be excavated at this spot and the water will be lifted and transported through galvanized pipes (since the height is too much) and stored at the already constructed over head storage tank. The water will be supplied through stand posts. The gram-panchayat has given no objection letter to this effect. The people are ready to contribute 15% of the total cost by way of voluntary free labour. They have submitted all the required documents to WOTR.
The project will be implemented in one phase and the amount will be released in 3/4 installments. After the monitoring of the utilisation of the first installment the next installment and so on will be released.
-General Body Village meetings were held several times with the villagers to discuss the problems and immediate needs of the village.
-A Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) was conducted to determine the available infrastructure, resources and the social locations of the households.
-Organisation of women has been done by involving them into Self Help Groups. These groups were federated under the Apex Body of all SHGS which is called the Samyukta Mahila Samitee (SMS).
-The SHGs and the SMS have taken the initiative to solve the drinking water problem. The designing and the initial planning has been done with the help of Village Development Committee and with the support of Gram Panchayat (local elected village body).
-The plan has been technically approved with some minor modifications by WOTR's technical engineers.
-All the households have agreed to contribute 15% of the total cost of the project Before the initiation of the activity, a separate Water Committee (Pani Samitee) of the women will be formed. The Water Committee and the SMS will be responsible for the implementation, supervision, quality control and monitoring of the activity which they have willing accepted to do.
-The project funds will be deposited directly in the Water Committee's bank account. The Committee will handle all the transactions and will be responsible for the accounts.
-Two trainings will be conducted for the SMS and the Water Committee regarding the safe drinking water, health, hygiene and sustenance of the project after completion.
-After completion of the activity, a water tax will be collected from each household as per Maintenance Revenue Model attached.
The regular health and hygiene education will be imparted through the SMS and the SHGs members in their monthly meetings. The capacity building of the Water Committee and SMS will be done through trainings. The self employment opportunities will be provided to the SHG members and youth through micro-credit and bank linkages
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Maintenance Cost: $864
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