Jaisalmer District

  • The state of Rajasthan has an immense range of ancient and ingenious water harvesting systems, like the famous johads or step wells managed by communities in the arid Thar desert, which receives very low rainfall. A recent book 'Wise water solutions in Rajasthan' by Om Prakash Sharma, Mark Everard a...
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  • “Can you see the alternating bands of light and shadow in the sky?” Chattar Singh asks me. When I nod in affirmation, he continues, “This is Mogh. There are clouds where the sun is setting right now. If we get a favourable wind, these clouds will reach here and we may get rain by night. In des...
    Manu Moudgilposted 3 years 6 months agoread more
  • Erratic rainfall, heavy storms, extreme weather and droughts are some of the major impacts of climate changes. Though it affects everyone, certain sections of society, like indigenous people who live closer to the natural environment, are in fact more vulnerable to these variations. However, they ar...
    sabitakaushalposted 4 years 5 months agoread more
  • 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...
    Manu Moudgilposted 4 years 10 months agoread more
  • Western Rajasthan is dotted by thousands of ponds, many of which are architectural wonders. Among these, Gadsisar (also called Gadisar) stands out. Besides its unparalleled expanse and architecture, the pond narrates tales of sacrifice, dedication and ingenuity but more importantly, it upholds water...
    Manu Moudgilposted 5 years 3 months agoread more
  • Dibang hydel project gets Centre's nod The Centre has decided to construct the 3000 MW Dibang Hydroelectric Project in Arunachal Pradesh without carying out any public consultation or impact study. On request from the new Government, the Expert Appraisal Committee has reconsidered the environmental...
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  • In Rajasthan's Jalore and Barmer district, women collect money and construct recharge wells and ponds to save on long travel for water
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  • The mutton bearing lands of the nation are in trouble. Guest Post by: Kurush Canteenwala It is the week after Holi and we are sitting in Netsinh, 8 kilometers from Ramgadh, 65 kilometres from Jaisalmer City, in Jaisalmer District. Derawar Singh is throwing a daavat for the new tractor that he has ...
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  • Hi all.  I have a friend in Jaisalmer that I am trying to help.  I don't speak Hindi.  He doesn't speak much English and does not read or write well.  I have a computer, he doesn't.. so I'm trying to find out where to start with this.  He has land but there has been no rain ...
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  • 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 ...
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A book documents the enormous range of water harvesting systems still in use in Rajasthan.

The state of Rajasthan has an immense range of ancient and ingenious water harvesting systems, like the famous johads or step wells managed by communities in the arid Thar desert, which receives very low rainfall.

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There are many unsung heroes amidst us who go about their good work silently. Chattar Singh is one such hero who has revived traditional water management system of the parched Jaisalmer villages.

“Can you see the alternating bands of light and shadow in the sky?” Chattar Singh asks me. When I nod in affirmation, he continues, “This is Mogh. There are clouds where the sun is setting right now. If we get a favourable wind, these clouds will reach here and we may get rain by night. In desert, people live by such clues from nature.”  

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Farmers have been known to observe the movement of ants and butterflies to forecast rainfall. Do such indigenous practices hold the key to addressing climate change issues?

Erratic rainfall, heavy storms, extreme weather and droughts are some of the major impacts of climate changes. Though it affects everyone, certain sections of society, like indigenous people who live closer to the natural environment, are in fact more vulnerable to these variations. However, they are also the first to observe, identify and formulate required strategies to adapt to climate change. This wisdom, insight and knowledge of local people is termed as indigenous technical knowledge (ITK).

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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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Ghadsisar pond in Jaisalmer holds many tales of dedication and love from an era gone by. It also symbolises how water was valued over caste and class.

Western Rajasthan is dotted by thousands of ponds, many of which are architectural wonders. Among these, Gadsisar (also called Gadisar) stands out. Besides its unparalleled expanse and architecture, the pond narrates tales of sacrifice, dedication and ingenuity but more importantly, it upholds water as being superior to any class and caste divide.

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Dibang hydel project gets Centre's nod

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The article is about the outbreak of a deadly disease, PRR, which affects sheep and goats, in Netsinh village, Jaisalmer.

The mutton bearing lands of the nation are in trouble.

Guest Post by: Kurush Canteenwala

It is the week after Holi and we are sitting in Netsinh, 8 kilometers from Ramgadh, 65 kilometres from Jaisalmer City, in Jaisalmer District. Derawar Singh is throwing a daavat for the new tractor that he has purchased, and bakra has been cut for the occasion. Netsinh has a population of 250 families, all of whom are pashupalans, ‘animal caretakers’ and they have been in this location for at least 12 generations. One Net Singh, a common ancestor to most of the village, settled here. Amidst the half day long festivities, the conversation revolves around the growing evidence that they are in the midst of both, an ‘akaal’ and a deadly outbreak of disease. The numbers of bhed-bakri that are dropping dead has not been seen by the elders amongst them in 30 years.

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Hi all.  I have a friend in Jaisalmer that I am trying to help.  I don't speak Hindi.  He doesn't speak much English and does not read or write well.  I have a computer, he doesn't.. so I'm trying to find out where to start with this.  He has land but there has been no rain and can no longer farm.  He needs to drill a pump (I have no idea about any techncial specifications) and only says he is "sure" there is water under his land.  I'd like to help him but also now very curious about this whole process.. how is groundwater assessed, who does it and what are the costs involved? 

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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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