Where ev­ery drop counts

Down to Earth - - EDITOR’S PAGE -

Khadero Ki Dhaani in Ra­jasthan's Jaisalmer district is the dri­est vil­lage in In­dia. Sit­u­ated in the Thar desert, wa­ter is a very scarce and pre­cious com­mod­ity here. For cen­turies, peo­ple here have built tra­di­tional wells that har­vest runoff as well as rain­wa­ter. These wells which are 6-8 me­tres deep are called beris and are the re­gion's very life­line. They can store enough wa­ter to last the re­gion for 9-10 months. But with the coming of canals and tube wells, these tra­di­tional struc­tures are be­com­ing ob­so­lete.

BHASKARJYOTI GOSWAMI / CSE

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