by Mathew Gonsalves
WALVANDA, JUNE 10, 2015 : Bosco Samajik Vikas Sanstha (BSVS) has ended the water woes of over a hundred families in Walvanda village in Maharashtra, with the construction of two check dams which will now supply water for their day-to-day needs.
Construction of the dams began in April 2015, after villagers identified a site and brought it to the notice of BSVS.
The first check dam has been constructed in Sadakpada village and the second in the Umbervangaon hamlet of Walvanda.
Father Anaclete D'Mello and Brother Alex Gonsalves studied the possibilities of constructing the check dam on the site and work began thereafter.
Locals from the area joined forces to provide manpower for construction. They formed seven groups and 20 to 25 people worked each day, as laborers, to complete the project.
Gram Panchayat members of Walvanda helped mobilize workforce and monitored the daily progress of the work.
The dams will now provide drinking water, water necessary for washing clothes, feeding livestock and also help locals cultivate crops.