Deepening village ponds with local people’s participation in 13 villages of coastal area of Bhal region (during 1999 – 2000), enabling rainwater storage sufficient for the entire year.

By June 2000, NCCL had excavated 1.51 lakh cubic meter of land in the coastal area of Bhal region at a cost of Rs 32.82 lakh, and brought relief to thousands of people. The Irrigation Department of Gujarat Government contributed 60% of the cost. In July 2000, in recognition of its activities in the Bhal region, UNESCO invited NCCL President V. K. Saxena to attend a workshop on ‘Wise Coastal Practice for Sustainable Human Development’. This UNESCO project generated more interest in improving the socio-economic conditions of migrant workers in the region, and in tackling the issue of non-availability of fresh water.


In 2003, NCCL commissioned ‘Trishna’, a scientific study into the feasibility & advantages of bringing unutilized / surplus water from Yamuna and Chambal to the parched areas of Rajasthan, and Sabarmati waters to arid areas of Gujarat, such as Kutch.

Conducted by very competent scientists from India and abroad, this study considered practical methodologies for providing water justice to drought-prone areas. Especially in light of the fact that the Central government plans for interlinking of rivers were not taking off.

Prioritised Water Routing for Drought Mitigation
Gujarat Rajasthan

At the end of this study, a 600-page concept report was prepared, based on satellite images and three years’ data on the flooding patterns of rivers Yamuna and Sabarmati. It also offered practical solutions. Copies of this report were handed over to the then Deputy Prime Minister and Chief Ministers of Gujarat & Rajasthan, for implementation. The report was widely appreciated by experts, and has formed the foundation of further actions in the area.


Following the commissioning of the SSP in 2002, the flow of Narmada Waters revived river Sabarmati in Ahmedabad. To preempt and prevent possible future misuse of the revived river, NCCL prepared a study report in November 2002, titled ‘Changing Paradigms of Sabarmati Basin – Need for a Charter of Action Priorities’. The report outlined strategies for judicious exploitation of water resources. It was submitted to the concerned government bodies, including the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), drawing deep appreciation and serious consideration.


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