DS Group’s Noble Water Conservation Initiatives Emphasise on Valuing Water

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New Delhi, March 22, 2021: The Dharampal Satyapal (DS) Group has restored over 550 water conservation structures across the country that has led to a cumulative storage capacity of more than 33 lakh cubic meter, along with 83,000 cubic metres of soil conservation. An area of over 1000 hectares has been bought under irrigation with an increase in crop intensity by 1.5 times, touching the lives of more than 60,000 people.  The creation of water conservation and harvesting structures and reviving and rejuvenating the traditional water recharging structures has not only made potable water accessible to many, but it has also enhanced the livelihood prospects of local communities manifold.

The DS Group believes in building sustainable communities that are economically, environmentally and socially healthy and resilient. The company undertakes projects in critical areas such as Water Conservation, Livelihood Enhancement, Education and any relevant programmes that help the communities and have a long term sustainable impact. Water conservation is a key focus area for the Group and many projects have been commissioned for water harvesting and conservation to replenish the groundwater and increase water availability in water-stressed areas in various parts of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Gujarat.

The customised programmes work to improve water security in the areas identified as water critical by encouraging proactive participation of local communities by using and reviving traditional methods of water conservation. This has led to an increase of water table by around 10-20 meters in the project areas.

The company is also creating Water Economic Zones through Integrated Watershed Development in Udaipur. It is an integrated watershed development project, spread over an area of around 11,000 hectares in Alsigarh and Kurabad and reaches out to more than 23,000 people of 26 villages. The project focuses on augmenting natural resources, particularly water and soil, to increase the productivity of land, thus improving the quality of life of the tribal and rural community through value addition in on-farm and off-farm activities.

The Group has already constructed 263 soil and water conservation structures such as Anicuts or Check Dams, Mini Percolation Tanks or Earthen Dams apart from other soil conservation measures like Continuous Contour Trenches, Gabion, Gully Plugs, Recharge Pits, etc. in the WEZ project area. These water harvesting structures have a storage and recharge capacity of about 17, 57,309 Cubic Meter. Around 81,267 cubic meters of Continuous Contour trenches have been constructed, which can recharge an additional 3,71,858 cubic meter of water in an average monsoon. These soil conservation measures also reduce soil erosion, which improves the life of harvesting structures.

Many other projects are underway in water-deficient areas like Bundelkhand in UP, Thar and Kutch desert area in Gujarat; Sikar Karauli, Dungarpur areas of Rajasthan, and springs recharge and rejuvenation in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, besides others.

With a vision to build sustainable communities by leveraging local resources and network, it has been the Group’s endeavour to contribute towards addressing the water insufficiency of the country. Consistent efforts have been towards sensitising the communities to value water.