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March 22, 2016

Meet Bhagwati Agrawal, The Man Who Quenched The Thirst Of Rural Rajasthan

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Access to drinking water is still a huge challenge in India. While MCD trucks make life easier for urban dwellers, life in rural India is in a bad way. Women have to walk more than a kilometer to fetch water. Even worse – the water available is contaminated and not
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Access to drinking water is still a huge challenge in India. While MCD trucks make life easier for urban dwellers, life in rural India is in a bad way. Women have to walk more than a kilometer to fetch water. Even worse – the water available is contaminated and not safe for drinking. Matters take a turn for the ugly when the area receives no rainfall.

Having faced a similar problem in his life, Bhagwati Agrawal introduced ‘Aakash Ganga’ – a rainwater harvesting program where rainwater is stored in a reservoir. An individual’s home is connected to the reservoir to get water without leaving home. Such is the success of the project that Agrawal has already helped 10,000 people in 6 drought-struck villages in Rajasthan.

Watch Mr. Agrawal’s story on CNN:

Mr. Bhagwati Agrawal is CNN’s Hero of the Year 2015.

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