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  • The people of the Marathwada region have been facing severe water crisis for more than three decades. Despite adverse circumstances, the Akoladev panchayat in the Jalna district has set an example for other panchayats by solving their water woes through community participation and effective water ha...
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  • The Shirpur pattern propogated by Suresh Khanapurkar has been widely criticised but also accepted by many villages in Maharashtra. A local organisation called Jan Kalyan Samiti operates in the area of Latur-Beed and has implemented Shirpur pattern structures through Gram Panchayats of several villag...
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A short film provides insight into the water sector situation in the Marathwada region in Maharashtra.

The people of the Marathwada region have been facing severe water crisis for more than three decades. Despite adverse circumstances, the Akoladev panchayat in the Jalna district has set an example for other panchayats by solving their water woes through community participation and effective water harvesting measures that suit their geographic terrain.

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Three villages of the many that have adopted the Shirpur pattern in Maharashtra have different stories to tell. You decide if the model is working or not.

The Shirpur pattern propogated by Suresh Khanapurkar has been widely criticised but also accepted by many villages in Maharashtra. A local organisation called Jan Kalyan Samiti operates in the area of Latur-Beed and has implemented Shirpur pattern structures through Gram Panchayats of several villages in the area. Daityanandur, Eknath Wadi and Balamtakali are three such villages. How have they fared after the implementation? 

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