Dhara Vikas initiative in Sikkim wins laurels

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DEEPAK SHARMA
Gangtok
23 Jun 2018

The Dhara-Vikas initiative of RM&DD was awarded the Skoch award of merit and prestigious Skoch Gold Award in water sector for 2018 at Constitution Club New Delhi on Friday.
The award was received by Additional Secretary cum Project Director MGNREGA Sarika Pradhan, OSD RM&DD Dr. Subash Dhakal and State Dhara Vikas Coordinator. Pem Norbu Sherpa.
As a part of climate change adaptation and recognizing the urgent need for ensuring water security, RM&DD conceptualized the Dhara Vikas initiative to revive the state’s drying lakes, springs, and streams in 2008. The core thrust of Dhara Vikas is to catch the surface runoff water and use it to recharge groundwater sources. The initiative was launched under the Centrally sponsored Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), with technical support from other government agencies and organizations like WWF - India.
The initiative focuses on the drought-prone gram panchayats of South and West districts. It has helped to revive more than 60 springs and revived two dried-up lakes to its natural state, de-concretized hill top lakes and converted them into recharge structures. Till date 630 hectares of technically identified recharge areas has been covered with recharge intervention. More than 2500 springs have been mapped in GIS platform.
The initiative has earned laurels in national and international forums due to its simplicity and is presently known as an effective scientific technique to revive drying natural springs in mountain areas.