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26-yr-old engineer brings 10 ponds back to life


Ramveer Tanwar, who has a BTech in mechanical engineering, recently quit his task with a multinational to concentrate on a reason dear to him — saving ponds. “Water conservation is a more vital career for me than sitting in an AC place of work,” says Greater Noida’s resident water crusader, who has been instrumental in reviving 10 village ponds in the ultimate 5 years.

Greater Noida, a part of Gautam Buddh Nagar district, is house to hundreds of smaller ponds have been left out — till now.


A farmer’s son, Tanwar grew up in Greater Noida’s water bodies. The bigger ones, just like the 60-acre Surajpur wetland, are safe by way of forest conservation rules, but Dadha village, an area that has witnessed water shortages time and again. He spotted how small water bodies, around which community life traditionally revolves in the rural hinterland of Uttar Pradesh, were regularly treated as rubbish dumps. “I grew up seeing this mistreatment of water bodies, even when we were facing droughts,” he says.

Then a 21-year-old faculty student, Tanwar organised a jal chaupal (meeting place) of villagers to discuss the need for cleansing up the ponds.

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Teams of volunteers were set as much as create “a way of possession over the undertaking”. Tanwar said, “Soon, jal chaupal changed into a platform for us to go from village to village and talk about the need to stop throwing rubbish into our ponds.”

The first pond cleanup the volunteers undertook back in 2014 was in a village called Dabra. “It was stuffed with sludge, hyacinth and rubbish. It took us months to only transparent the skin. Then, we treated the water, created a filter system and a sort of canal to assist farmers use the water for farming,” says Tanwar, who spent his weekends in this work. To make certain its repairs, they encouraged fishery in the now-pristine pond.

To get more manpower, he grew to become to social media. “Our Facebook page, ‘Boond Boond Pani’, now has over one lakh contributors. Each time we would have liked volunteers, we'd make a statement at the page. Almost 100 volunteers would achieve the conservation location, regularly in far-flung villages, each time,” he says.


Rohit Adhana of Kasana village has been involved with Tanwar’s conservation efforts for a couple of years now. “It is essential that villagers come ahead and assist save their water assets. We are appearing them it is possible,” he says.


Tanwar, who has quit his task and does tuitions in the night to satisfy his bills, isn’t on his own anymore. His work got some attention ultimate yr after he created the hashtag #SelfieWithPond encouraging villagers to send footage with water bodies, and sponsorship alternatives have been arising. “After a lot of effort, we got our first CSR investment of Rs 2.5 lakh in 2018,” he says. He used the cash to finish lots of his ongoing pond tasks. Restoring a small pond takes six to seven months and anyplace between Rs 1 lakh and Rs 25 lakh, depending on its condition, This yr, he won Rs 7 lakh investment from a company to restore a pond in Ghangola village. The pond has been desilted, and will probably be fully restored and beautified in a couple of months.


Pawan Khatana, a resident of Bharana village where a pond was revived, says the spirit of water conservation is spreading. “After listening to about what Ramveer has carried out at our village pond, a lot of other villages have shown hobby. Some other folks even wish to do the cleanup themselves now.”




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