[AI] Achintya Ganguly reports: Blind cradle pumps up solution for thirst

avinash shahi shahi88avinash at gmail.com
Thu May 3 04:08:02 EDT 2018

DROPS OF LIFE: Teachers and students of Rajkiya Netraheen Madhya
Vidyalaya at the inauguration of the water project in Harmu, Ranchi,
on Wednesday. Picture
by Prashant Mitra
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Ranchi: The summers will no more be tormenting for the 70 odd students
and staff of Rajkiya Netraheen Madhya Vidyalaya, a residential sch-ool
for the blind
at Argora Tungri Toli in Harmu, thanks to a Rs 17.98 lakh water
augmentation project that was launched on Wednesday.
Ratu Logma, a Class II student, inaugurated the project on the school
premises in the presence of joint secretary in state planning and
finance department
Madhav Sharan Singh.

"The dried up bore wells forced us to look for nearby water sources to
meet daily needs. We don't have to do that anymore," Class VI student
Bannu Kumar

The projects, the funds for which were granted by the st-ate
government, was executed by an agency named Bhungru (meaning straw in

"It was done under the state innovative fund," joint secretary Singh
said, adding a committee under the chairmanship of state development
approves such projects after going through proposals from various
district administrations.
Singh said such water augmentation project had become effective elsewhere too.

"Basically, it's an injection module to recharge ground wa-ter by
excess rainwater," Bhungru co-director Rathin Bhadra said, adding that
the agency had
recharged ground water at a depth of about 450 feet.

Bhadra said they had a number of models for such projects and the one
best-suited for the area was applied here.

"We are feeding a hungry layer," said Raja Bagchi, a geologist who is
also a co-director of Bhungru.

Explaining the technology, he said they had found a porous layer at a
depth of about 450 feet that almost went dry and would inject water
into it through
a pipe. This will turn it into an active aquifer from which water can
be drawn out by a submersible pump.

This will be a continuous process as the waste ground water will also
be filtered and injected into it.

"The estimated capacity of the aquifer is around 2 crore litres,"
Bagchi said, adding that the recharged ground water would also solve
the water crisis
of nearby houses.
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Avinash Shahi
Doctoral student at Centre for Law and Governance JNU

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