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Mission Paani: Sonam Wangchuk to the 'Rain Man' of Bengaluru, Meet India's Water Heroes

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News18.com | Updated: January 22, 2021, 8:44 PM IST

Amla Ruia, who was born and raised in Uttar Pradesh, started the Aakar Charitable Trust that now works in drought-stricken villages in Rajasthan to set up check dams to reserve water. The Trust has built 200 drinking water kunds, traditional water collecting areas, from the year 2000 to 2005. These kunds now collect a total of one crore liters of pure natural drinking water from the rain every year in the remotest areas where no government-supplied water is available, says the Aakar Charitable Trust. The villagers in these areas contributed 25 percent of the total construction cost. Photo: Aakar Charitable Trust website

Transgender activist Laxmi Narayan Tripathi set up a packaged drinking water plant in Pune run entirely by transgender employees. Set up under Kineer Services, an initiative by Tripathi, the plant seeks to provide employment among an otherwise neglected community and also help them become financially independent. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Bengaluru, which faced an acute water shortage during the summer season, is among metro cities that are likely to run out of water by 2020, Niti Aayog has warned in a report. In the hour of crisis, Vishwanath Srikantaiah, a water activist, vlogger and the mind behind Bengaluru-based NGO, Rainwater Club, has emerged as a consistent force in the water conservation field, and holds great insight when it comes to rainwater harvesting and ecological sanitation. Popularly known as ZenRainMan, which is also the name of his YouTube channel, Srikantaiah has dedicated his life to spreading awareness about the proper usage of rainwater, techniques to gauge and use it to maximum effect, and tips on how rainwater harvesting can become a great source of sustainable sanitation. Photo: YouTube

At a tender age, Licypriya Kangujam from Manipur has become the face of climate change activism in India. She is one of the youngest climate activists in India and has always spoken in favour of water conservation. Photo: Licypriya Kangujam/Instagram

Col(Retd) Shashikant Dalvi’s rainwater harvesting journey began with his own residential society in Pune. It was the first of its kind in Pune back then. Since 2003, over 150 RWH projects have been successfully implemented by him and his team. He also helped transform the water maps of 100 villages. Photo: Parjanya website

Garvita Gulhati started the 'Why Waste' initiative in 2015 aimed at water conservation. Gulhati and her team have been trying to take water conservation to the world stage through innovative education. Photo: Instagram/Garvita Gulhati

Sonam Wangchuk, the man who inspired the 3 Idiots movie, started a project called the Ice Stupas of Ladakh. They are artificial glaciers which freeze and hold the water that would have otherwise flown down streams and be wasted. The artificial glaciers hold the water all through winter and melt in springtime when nearby fields need watering. Photo: YouTube
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