//An arid Kerala village checked water for irrigation

An arid Kerala village checked water for irrigation

Farmers of Yethadka, near Kasaragod, Kerala, pool money to build 16 temporary check dams on tributaries of the Chandragiri River, with available resources. An 11-metre high granite wall with water to the brim, they call it Katta. Handmade without any leakage, it costs one lakh to irrigate their fields; but they are life-savers.

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The author is a former Director of Gurjarvani centre for communication and currently an environmental activist at Sevasi, Vadodara.