Shakhadasar – 2 Gram Panchayat of district Bhavnagar, Gujarat has implemented Stone-pitching project of ponds with a complete support from Mahatma Gandhi NREGA. This project was taken up to strengthen the walls of the water bodies in order to increase the retention capacity and capability. It prevents soil erosion and provides strength to the walls.
Stone pitching is used to sustain a resistant surface that would otherwise be washed out by water flow from the nearby watercourse. Stone pitching provides a sustainable surface that can withstand water flowing over the top or hitting the boundaries. This method has been deployed in the Gram Panchayat and Mahatma Gandhi NREGA Job Card holders of the villages.
Villages coming under the GP are reaping benefits out of such work. With this initiative, farming has been made possible in every season apart from catering to the daily needs. The demand for ponds with stone pitching is increasing because of the benefits and durability.
Voices from the field
The Panchayat members have lauded MGNREGA for being a reliable support. Additional livelihood support provided by MGNREGA is seen as the key factor and such an outcome is transforming the lives of villages.
“We are extremely happy with the outcome of this work under MGNREGA. By increasing the water retention capacity of a body through pitching is seen as a great help during elongated duration of dry spell. Such a project empowers us to face challenging times like droughts.”
– Shri Jesabhai, Sarpanch Sakhdasar.