Noida: Techie revives 10 lakes in 5 years

India

10 Apr 2019

Engineer from Noida brings over 10 lakes back to life

When anything goes wrong, blame the authorities.

But, that's not how Ramveer Tanwar of Dadha village, Greater Noida, thinks. Tanwar, in his attempt to save groundwater reserves, utilizes his after-work hours to save the lakes around the city.

Along with his team, he has revived more than 10 lakes in five years. Due to fund crunch, their focus for now is the smaller lakes.

Statement

Started with pocket-money, now approaching organizations for funds

Started with pocket-money, now approaching organizations for funds

According to Tanwar, "The revival of a lake takes anywhere between Rs. 2 to Rs. 25 lakh, depending on its size. I used to shell out money from my pocket. My friends who are active in the cause also contributed equally."

"But to become more financially sustainable, we have started approaching organizations to make use of their CSR activities," he added.

Details

Tanwar experienced adverse effects of climate change in 2012

The 26-year-old engineer comes from a family of farmers and in 2012, he saw the adverse effects of climate change upfront.

The lakes and wells he once dived into were disappearing.

"The lake that once had fresh, clean water, was now choking with garbage. It was covered in such filth that it was difficult to see the water beneath," Tanwar told The Better India.

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'It's a call for concern, I tried to answer it'

'It's a call for concern, I tried to answer it'

"The area had started stinking, and I also noticed that the biodiversity around the lake was diminishing. It was a call for concern, and I tried to answer it," Tanwar added.

He decided to start a campaign.

Tanwar, a Class 12 student then, used to teach younger students and started speaking to them about the condition of lakes and how to restore them.

Steps

Tanwar took the discussion on water conservation door-to-door

However, when they tried to explain to others about the situation, the children met with smirks, as no one believed that a little household garbage could destroy the water-body.

Tanwar then decided to talk about water conservation door-to-door.

Last year, he told Edex Live, "The bore well of 25 feet was dried up in a year, making the villagers dig further to 150 ft."

'These villagers had no understanding of what they were doing'

Tanwar added, "The villagers would let water overflow because they didn't imagine that water could, one day, disappear. Unlike the mafia or the construction contractors here, these villagers had no understanding of what they were doing. It was important that we picked up a conversation."

Chaupal

Noida DM noticed Tanwar's efforts and gave him a platform

Noida DM noticed Tanwar's efforts and gave him a platform

Meanwhile, Tanwar and his students started gathering people and discussed the issue every Sunday at a chaupal (a commonplace).

The story of his hard work reached the ears of the then District Magistrate of Noida, NP Singh, who gave him a better platform to put out his ideas.

A 2-minute documentary, Jal chaupal, was made and shown at various theaters to raise awareness.

Success

Tanwar started getting requests from other villages for lake cleaning

Later, two filters were built near the lake in Tanwar's village to stop domestic waste from entering the water body.

However, it took joint efforts of adults and children along with the man himself, and several months to clean the lake in Dadha.

And it was just a matter of time when he started getting requests from other villages to also clean their lakes.

Campaign

Tanwar started a Facebook campaign, '#SelfieWithPond', got positive response

Tanwar started a Facebook campaign, '#SelfieWithPond', got positive response

Later, Tanwar started a Facebook campaign, #SelfieWithPond and encouraged people to post pictures with pond or lakes around them, which would serve as an inspiration.

He told TBI, "We got a great response for the campaign, which I thought would be limited only to Noida or at the most, Uttar Pradesh. But we got photos from as far as Karnataka and Tamil Nadu."

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What is the name of the documentary made about the issue?

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A 2-minute documentary, Jal chaupal, was made and shown at various theatres to raise awareness.

Where is Tanwar from?

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Ramveer Tanwar is from the Dadha village in Greater Noida.

Where does he get the money from?

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Initially, he used to get the expense from his pocket money and now his team is approaching organizations to make use of their CSR activities.

What was Tanwar doing when he started the initiative?

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Tanwar was a class 12 students when he decided to step-up.

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