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    Community Oriented Water

    Management Movement

    VIVEKANANDA KENDRA-

    nardep

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    - is centered on the noble thought that Service to Man is Worship

    of God and serves the nation through 200 branch centers

    throughout the nation.

    - a spiritually oriented service mission to translate into action

    the vision of Swami Vivekananda of a Glorious India.

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    Character building EDUCATION

    Culture-based Service-oriented RURAL DEVELOPMENT

    YOGA as a Socially relevant way of life

    Invigorating PUBLICATIONS

    nardep

    for Sustainable Development

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    Commonly known as

    VK - nardep, this is an Integralproject of Vivekananda Kendra

    Endeavoring to promote indigenousTraditional Science and

    Technologies, supplementing them

    with the modern ones.

    Organizes demonstration,Awareness Camps, Seminars,

    Workshop and Publications.

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    Shelter Construction

    Technology

    Water Management

    Farming Practices

    Indigenous Health System

    Renewable Energy

    Inner Sustainability

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    Arch Foundation Economical and Strong

    Rat trap bond Best Masonry work for walls

    Compressed Earth Blocks Best substitute for

    bricks

    Flyash bricks : Recycling waste to wealth Cost effective filler slab roofs

    Ferro-cement channels for roofing

    Arches and Corbels

    Vaults and Domes

    Ferro-cement door and window shutters

    Brick Jalis and ventilators.

    Recognized by Tamil Nadu

    Government as center of

    repute in cost-effective

    construction technology

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    Technologies developed and

    disseminated

    Vermi compost Living water

    Azolla Pancha Gauvya

    BGA Enriched compost Bio-Formulations: Fish-Amino

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    Conservation, Revival and awareness

    creation in traditional medical knowledge

    base like the endangered Nadi & Marma

    systems..

    Promotion of local medical resources by

    creating home herbal gardens and

    promotion of herbal formulations through

    local self-help groups of rural women.

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    Search for alternative energy resources in a de-centralized way has led to

    the development of Shakthi Surabhi Kitchen waste based blue-flame

    revolution

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    VK-nardep: a pioneering

    contributor in traditional watermanagement structure revival & modern

    technologies for water conservation

    Renovation of Oorani capacity : 57.5 lakhs litres

    Location: Thattankudiyirupu

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    Disturbing World Trend

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    Disturbing Indian Trends

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    VK-nardep: Reviving traditional water

    bodies with community participation

    Oorani renovation with

    community participation :

    80 lakhs litres

    Location: Shamakulam

    Renovation of traditional tanks

    at Kanyakumari district.

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    VK-nardep: Synthesis of tradition and

    technology in water management

    Earliest introduction of house roof

    based rain water harvesting in

    Ramnad area

    Recharging and sustainable use of

    ground water for rural communities

    in arid areas

    A highly acclaimed handbook on

    rainwater harvesting and water

    management technologies

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    VK-nardep: 2012: Creating Water

    Harvesting Structures for Community

    Use

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    Workshops have been

    conducted for college

    students, community

    groups etc on c on grey

    water treatment and rain

    water harvesting systems

    with exposure to livemodels.

    Grey Water Treatment & Rain Water Harvesting

    Workshops: Models

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    VK-nardep: nationally acclaimed

    name in the field of water

    conservation

    VK-nardep received Bhumi-jal Samvardhan Puraskar from Govt of

    India in 2007 for its work in preservation of ground water in Ramnad

    district

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    Swami Vivekanandas Association with

    Rameshwaram After his conquering tour to the

    West Swami Vivekananda wasgiven a rousing welcome at

    Rameshwaram. Here Swamiji unveiled the

    Vedantic conception of realworship.

    This project is a dedicationthat concept of Vedanticworship of serving the

    Godhead in all humanity

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    A sustainable renovation and management scheme for the network

    of traditional water harvesting systems in the Rameshwaram

    Teertham area

    Ecological Benefits Socio-Economic Benefits

    Cultural Significance

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    Ecological benefits

    Ground water re-charge

    Rain water harvest

    Aquatic Bio-diversityconservation at local levels

    Hygienic conditions

    Installation of floral andherbal gardens maintained by

    local communities

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    Socio-Economic benefits

    Local community as stake holdersin a water democracy

    Better Hygienic conditions

    leading to better living conditions Livelihood and career

    opportunities created for localpopulations particularlyeconomically weaker sections

    Development of local economydue to pilgrim inflow

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    Cultural Significance

    Creating awareness through

    the embedded legends in localtraditions

    Using the legends to increasepilgrim inflow

    Using the legends to make thelocal populations feel

    connected to the waterresources and its management

    with reverence

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    Teertham : Water Bodies

    Ponds: 11 Wells: 4Sea Bathing

    Enclosures:1

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    The Methodology

    Step 1:

    A complete documentation of

    each teertham: cultural, social

    & ecological dimensions.

    Step 2:

    Awareness creation regarding

    each teertham, for the localcommunities

    Step 3:

    Revival of the teerthams with

    community participation.

    Step 4:

    Promotion of eco-pilgrimage of

    the teerthams.

    Step 3:

    Revival of the teerthams with

    community participation.

    The Condition

    The Teerthams

    chosen

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    The work commences 27 Jan 2013

    The work started on the day of arrival

    of Swami Vivekananda to Rameshwaram

    in 1897, after his triumphant visit to the

    West.

    The key note address was delivered bySri.K.Nandakumar IAS, the collector of

    Ramnad district.

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    The Hanuman

    Teertham : Initially

    very polluted water

    body with

    disintegrating walls

    and inlets highlytampered: thorny

    bushes all around:

    Hard work over the

    last two months

    have recovered the

    important as aspectsof the teertham as a

    community asset

    and water

    harvesting structure

    slowly become

    visible.

    A depressing sight of cultural illiteracy and ecological devastation

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    The salient features of the Teertham : like the

    inner pond becomes visible; old culturalcomponents come out and slowly the Teertham

    gets a renovation

    Renovation continues

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    Renovation continues

    Draupadi

    Teertham

    The Draupadi

    Teertham:

    Already the

    Teertham has

    shrunk into a

    small petrifiedpond.

    Extremely

    polluted

    The adjoining

    structures

    cracking

    De-silting work

    going on.