Water Conservation





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Project Description

Region: Asia

Country: India

Location: Pune, India

Total Budget: $36,877

Area of Focus: Water and sanitation


This is a continuing large scale ground water conservation project with focus on agricultural irrigation and drinking in drought stricken Pingori & other villages in Purandar taluka, 68 km south-east of Pune City. The project provides rain water harvesting through a combination of continuous contour trenches, tree plantation & drip water irrigation facilities. This project also covers 2 focus areas of Global Grants - Water and Community Development.


The aim of this ongoing Rotary project is to provide drinking water & agricultural irrigation facilities throughout the year for Pingori and 6 other villages near Pune. This project will fund renting of excavation equipment for digging the trenches, desilting to increase water storage facilities and piping equipment for drip irrigation (to replace wasteful flooding techniques & minimize water wastage) benefitting 20,000 villagers. Providing continuous contour trenches in the hilly areas with tree plantation will reduce soil erosion, increase percolation to recharge underground aquifers & raise the water table for all wells in the area. Drip irrigation will increase efficiency of water usage. This will enable villagers to have water for irrigation year-round and hence raise the local economy (multiple crops per year) & reduce migration of destitute farmers to urban areas for employment.

Rotary will coordinate with the village council and local authorities for the successful implementation of the project with all permissions and requirements. The local beneficiaries will be involved in the construction (labor) & ongoing maintenance, with all design, equipment, construction expertise & project execution managed by Rotary and the selected vendors. Projected life of the project is 20+ years.


In order to ensure getting the DDF (RID 3131), multiple host clubs may be involved including smaller rural local clubs, all providing financial and execution support inputs. The same may apply to the international partners. But the lead will be taken by one club each at local and international levels.


Excavation Costs: Rs 507,500; Drip Irrigation Equipment: Rs 20,00,000; Total Project Costs: Rs 25,07,500 ie $36,875 (@Rs 68 = $1.00))


Contributors Contribution TRF Matching

International District (DDF) $ 6500 $ 6500

International Partner Clubs $ 6500 $3250

Host District 3131 (DDF) $ 3000 $ 3000

Host Clubs (Sports City et al) $ 5418 $ $2709

Grand Total $ 36877 (Rs 25,07,7636)


The benefits of this project are multifold. First is improvement of water availability throughout the year for drinking and agriculture, followed by economic and community development. This project will improve the overall quality of life over 20,000 beneficiaries in 7 villages for years to come.

LOCAL CLUB: Rotary Club of Pune Sports City & RID 3131, India

For further details, contact: Rtn Sandesh Savant, 91 98220 91102 sandeshsavant@rediffmail.com

I met Rtn. Sandesh Savant at RI convention at Sao Paulo in 2015 and their club is actively involved in many grants projects. Sandesh Savant worked as a Chemical Engineer in Houston for many years and settled in Pune, India (near Mumbai).

Thank you.

Krishna Murthy kmurthy5@comcast.net

Grant Committee Member 970 691 3610

Fort Collins Breakfast Club Date: Sep 25, 2016

Primary Host Partner

District: 3131

Rotary Club of: Pune Sports City

Primary Contact: Sandesh Savant

Email: sandeshsavant@rediffmail.com

Primary International Partner

District: 5440

Rotary Club of: Fort Collins-Breakfast

Primary Contact: Krishna Murthy

Email: kmurthy5@comcast.net

Project Status

This project is "Paid". This means the funds have been received and the project is being implemented.

Project listed for the 2016-17 Rotary Year.

The TRF Grant application number is #1751445.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





Pune Sports City (3131)





Fort Collins-Breakfast (5440)





Amount Requested from The Rotary Foundation






Note: as of July 1, 2015 there is a 5% additional support fee for cash contributions. This fee does not appear in the financials above because it does not apply if the funds are sent directly to the project account (without going through TRF, and therefore without Paul Harris credit). Clubs sending their cash contribution to TRF must be aware they will have to send an additional 5%.

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History Log Entries


by Krishna Murthy

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Krishna Murthy


pl add this project as discussedd


by Krishna Murthy

System Entry: Pledge of $5,500 with $5,000 DDF by Krishna Murthy of the Rotary Club of Fort Collins-Breakfast, District 5440.


by Krishna Murthy

System Entry: Project is now "Fully Pledged".


by Krishna Murthy

Minor adjustment done as per host club in financing


by Krishna Murthy

System Entry: Project reverted to "Published".


by Krishna Murthy

System Entry: Project is now "Fully Pledged".


by Joe Schon

We have approved the D.5440 match for this Project.


by Krishna Murthy

Please note there is a change in the financing, since RI district 3131 reduced their contribution. Now Our club contribution will be $ 6500 and RI district matching will be $6500


by Krishna Murthy

System Entry: Project reverted to "Published".


by Krishna Murthy

System Entry: Project is now "Fully Pledged".


by Krishna Murthy

This project has been approved by RI and now in the process of funding


by Krishna Murthy

The project is being funded now and soon Pune Rotary club should receive the funds.


by Krishna Murthy

System Entry: Application Sent to The Rotary Foundation through Member Access.


by Krishna Murthy

System Entry: Application approved by The Rotary Foundation.


by Krishna Murthy

System Entry: Payment has been issued by The Rotary Foundation.


by Krishna Murthy

The project is in the process of implementation after this year harvest and should be completed in the next 2 months or so

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