Neer Chakra helps rural women in fetching water

Pranita Roy
Saturday, 17 August 2019

According to the 2011 Census data, 63 per cent of rural India doesn’t have a source of drinking water at home. This has forced women to walk miles to fetch water for daily chores. 

PUNE: Even after 72 years of Independence there are reports of several women in rural India having miscarriages, abortions and other issues due to walking miles for fetching water.

According to the 2011 Census data, 63 per cent of rural India doesn’t have a source of drinking water at home. This has forced women to walk miles to fetch water for daily chores. 

Reports claim that rural women have to walk 5 km to 20 km daily to fetch water. The Indian Human Development Survey stated that women in one in four rural households walk at least 30 minutes to fetch water. 

NEER CHAKRA TO RESCUE
As a solution, Technology Reuse Environment Empowerment (TREE) Innovative Foundation will distribute ‘Neer Chakra’- a water fetching vehicle to 25 families in Zhende Wadi in Purandar taluka on Sunday. 

These 25 families have suffered losses like women undergoing miscarriages or abortions because of the physical strain in fetching water. It includes single parents and senior citizens, stated inventor and Founder of the Foundation Tanveer Inamdar. 

Inamdar has been working on this project for past six months in Zhende Wadi, an urban village of over 200 families located in a hilly region.

“Part of this village is at a lower level. The women have to climb up 2.5 to 3.2 km daily for one cycle. This makes it 8 to 12 km for 3 to 4 rounds of carrying water back to home,” said Inamdar.

“While, I was associated with an NGO, I learned about a woman who suffered two miscarriages due to carrying water over long distances. I came across this village located 30 km from Pune. Here, I found 25 cases of miscarriages in five years, more than 60 cases of accidents and one accidental death,” said Inamdar.

HOW DOES THE VEHICLE WORK?
The three-wheeler vehicle has capacity of 80 litres of water storage and transportation, water filtration system etc. It has a tap which enables villagers to get pure water. The gyroscopic stabiliser fit in the vehicle gives it stability over uneven roads. Using the lever principle, the force used to push the cart is less. “Carrying water from far distance also causes physical strain which leads to back pain, knee pain, stomach pain etc. This vehicle will reduce the physical strain,” said Inamdar.

SAVES TIME TOO
32-year-old Survana Zende once lost her child in the womb because of fetching water. “Although now I have two sons post my miscarriage. But the exertion caused in bringing water down led to my first miscarriage. I know the plight of fetching water and how I suffered. This is the sole reason why I got associated with their initiative,” said Zende. “I was given this vehicle as a pilot project in May 2019. This reduced the time used for bringing water for household chores. It took half an hour before, but now I can complete the cycle in 15 minutes,” she said. 

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