Human intelligence made his own ways to procure his own water, but what about wild animals?
The water sources are not enough to fulfill the needs of the growing population of animals in the jungle. Mr. Dhananjay Bapat personally experienced the thirst of water as a wild life lover. In search of water wild animals started to approach nearby villages which gave rise to man animal conflicts. This was not new for the villagers of Moharli but Mr. Bapat was alarmed and decided to overcome this problem of wild life. He discussed this issue with nature lovers /friends / and people who shared similar concern. Mr.Bapat soon created a group of 10 friends, who believed in sharing responsibility towards nature. They named it as “Water is Life “.
In 2010, Mr. Bapat started supplying water to wild animals by tanker and creating artificial water tanks by digging and putting plastic at about 7 different places in Moharli range with help and support from forest department. This was first ever attempt made by any individual in forest at this scale for entire dry season in year 2010. For this genuine work, he was awarded “1st Tiger Protection Award”, declared by Maharashtra Government in 2015.
Animals accepted the water holes and wandering for water was over. But supplying of water through tanker was not going to be permanent solution. Something more was required to be done. The right solution to that are solar energy pumps which can give fresh & adequate continuous water supply, least man / vehicle dependency, permanent water supply to water holes. And first trial of this type of pumps was taken in April 2013. And then solar panels were installed on the existing water holes so that the water is supplied to animals who are already dependent on it. After the solar pumps were fully approved and permission was granted, solar pumps were installed in the natural bodies which dry up during summer.
To this noble cause State Bank of India extended a helping hand. In 2015 SBI donated one such pump which was installed at Devada. The bank was satisfied with the efforts of “Water is life Society” and agreed to further donations by way of donating 47 more pumps, which are installed then and maintained by “Water is Life Society”. Which is, now fulfilling the entire requirement of the core area of the same TATR.
Since last six years the work is continuously going on with personal efforts of “Water is life society “and this activity reduced animal movement and in particular no man animal conflict was registered due to Tiger in Moharli range.
“Water is Life” – Making the nature smile