Maharashtra: 76 talukas to compete in Water Cup, 2019

Mumbai: Paani Foundation on Saturday announced the launch of the fourth edition of the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup, for the year 2019. The competition will run from 8th April to 22nd May, 2019. The top three villages will get a cash prize of Rs 75 lakh, Rs 50 lakh and Rs 40 lakh respectively. In addition, the top village from each taluka will get a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh.

The total prize money, which villages stand to win in the competition is nearly Rs. 9.15 crore. The announcement was made at an official meeting held at Varsha, official residence of the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao, Satyajit Bhatkal and Dr Avinash Pol from Paani Foundation were present at the meeting.

As part of the competition, Paani Foundation will train the competing villages in the science of watershed development. The 45-day long competition involves ‘Shramadaan’ (voluntary labour) and planning and building watershed management structures that will augment the supply of ground water. Every revenue village in the selected talukas is eligible to participate.

This time, the competition will be held in 76 talukas from 24 districts. The last date for submitting the completed entry forms is 31st January, 2019. Fadnavis said, “The state’s Jal Yukt Shivar Abhiyan is a unique movement of ‘Shramadaan and is an important step towards freedom from drought. The Satyamev Jayate Water Cup has played a major role in this movement.”

Aamir Khan said, “The less than satisfactory rainfall this year has yet again underscored the importance of decentralised watershed management. I appeal to all the villages from the 76 selected talukas to enthusiastically participate in the competition and attempt to solve the issue of water scarcity in their respective villages.” A total of 4,025 villages from 75 talukas of 24 districts took part in the third edition of Satyamev Jayate Water Cup competition in 2018.

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