Bikaner District

  • A scarcity of something makes it special. That’s the reason why Rajasthan has always sanctified water much more than any other place in India. Low rainfall and saline groundwater turned people into great conservers who not only built beautiful and durable structures but also developed sustainable ...
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  • We were driving down the long desert road that runs parallel to the Indo-Pakistan border in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. There was little else to see except the surrounding sand dunes and desert grass. That's where I saw a ‘taanka’--a raised platform with a small opening to fetch water from its wo...
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  • Water connects food and religion. Religious ceremonies often involve taking a dip in a water body, and any food or meal is incomplete without water. The same two things - food and religion - stand out in Bikaner. While hot kachoris and samosas line street stalls, Mata Karni Devi and Baba Ramdev (not...
    Manu Moudgilposted 5 years 7 months agoread more
  • My father has a farm at Distt. Kulayat in Bikaner, Rajasthan. He dug a borewell at the farm couple of years ago & there was good water supply, however when the supply suddenly stopped, somebody recommended he uses acid to desilt the pipe & when that was done there was massive ...
    Manu Dahiyaposted 10 years 9 months agoread more
  • CGWB's groundwater atlas all the basic information regarding Rajasthan's groundwater including the following:Administrative InformationGeomorphologyHydrogeologyGround water potential zones and development prospectsWater level trendsGround water potability and contaminationIrrigation through various ...
    rajshekarposted 10 years 11 months agoread more
'Jal Aur Samaj' takes the readers through the pond culture of Bikaner that nurtured its past and holds promise for its future.

A scarcity of something makes it special. That’s the reason why Rajasthan has always sanctified water much more than any other place in India. Low rainfall and saline groundwater turned people into great conservers who not only built beautiful and durable structures but also developed sustainable practices around them.

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Taankas are trusted allies in the harsh weather of Rajasthan, but the focus is shifting now onto personal assets rather than community resources.

We were driving down the long desert road that runs parallel to the Indo-Pakistan border in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. There was little else to see except the surrounding sand dunes and desert grass. That's where I saw a ‘taanka--a raised platform with a small opening to fetch water from its womb--for the first time.

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Only a few of Bikaner's over 100 ponds are well-maintained today, some thanks to the efforts of citizens, and another due to rooftop rainwater being channeled. Could the remaining get as lucky?

Water connects food and religion. Religious ceremonies often involve taking a dip in a water body, and any food or meal is incomplete without water. The same two things - food and religion - stand out in Bikaner. While hot kachoris and samosas line street stalls, Mata Karni Devi and Baba Ramdev (not the yoga guru) shower their blessings from billboards and wall paintings. Ironically though, Bikaner is not rich in water since it is on the western side of Rajasthan. As unlikely a candidate as it is to be a religious and food hub, it only became so because of its ponds.

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My father has a farm at Distt. Kulayat in Bikaner, Rajasthan. He dug a borewell at the farm couple of years ago & there was good water supply, however when the supply suddenly stopped, somebody recommended he uses acid to desilt the pipe & when that was done there was massive supply of water for a day thereafter huge silt & rocks came out & the pump stopped. Hypothesis was that the acid actually destroyed the metal pipes. Later, they could not dig out the motor or the pipes from the site.

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Comprehensive groundwater Atlas of Rajasthan published by the Central Groundwater Board

CGWB's groundwater atlas all the basic information regarding Rajasthan's groundwater including the following:

  1. Administrative Information
  2. Geomorphology
  3. Hydrogeology
  4. Ground water potential zones and development prospects
  5. Water level trends
  6. Ground water potability and contamination
  7. Irrigation through various sources

 

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