Velu village from Koregaon taluka in Satara district bagged the first prize of Rs 50 lakhs for creating the highest amount of water storage through shramdaan and machine work, a mammoth 231 TCM.
In a closely contested competition, the second prize of Rs 30 lakhs was shared by two villages, Khaparton from Ambajogai taluka in Beed and Jaigaon from Koregaon taluka in Satara.
Hence, there was a split in the prize money. But our chief guest, Mr. Devendra Fadnavis, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, announced a matching grant for the prize amount, which made the winners very happy!
The third prize of Rs 20 lakhs also witnessed two winners each, Radi Tanda village from Ambajogai taluka in Beed and Wathoda from Warud taluka in Amravati.
The Chief Minister announced a matching grant for Wathoda and Radi Tanda as well as Rs 20 lakhs to Velu village which bagged the first prize.
The event's hosts, Satyajit Bhatkal, the CEO of Paani Foundation and actor Sonali Kulkarni announced a prize of Rs 5 lakhs for four villages that were in the top nine - Anpatwadi, Gavhankund, Patoda and Kumbephal, and Rs 3 lakhs for ten more villages - Shripatraiwadi, Shepwadi, Selu Amba, Daithana Radi, Temburkheda, Padali Station, Bodhewadi, Ramoshiwadi, Sawanga and Porgavhan.
Mr. Devendra Fadnavis also announced a cash prize of Rs 5 lakhs for the top nine villages of the Water Cup as well as ten other villages that did remarkable work in water conservation.
Recap of Satyamev Jayate Water Cup 2016
Through pictures and videos of shramdaan and water conservation sent by the villagers and our Facebook creatives…
"In Khaparton village in Beed, a 50-feet deep well which was almost barren from the last 20 years, is now replete with rainwater." -Source: A tweet by @khapartone
Locals from Wathoda village are relishing the sight of their earthen dams filling up. All of the 68 mm rainfall until now has been conserved and celebrated.
"This monsoon, Holna river which flows through many villages in Beed was overflowing thanks to the efforts of the villagers." - Santosh
"Water structures constructed in Velu in Satara which didn't have a drop of water for the past two years are now gleaming with water filled at full capacity." - Sharad
"At Gavhankund in Amravati, the locals did not mind torrential rains. It only led to sights such as these - reservoirs, dams and LBS (loose boulder structures) replete with water." - Sumit
Recently, we distributed 40 quintals of Stylo Hamata grass seeds to the participating villages of the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup. These grass seeds improve soil fertility and provide high-protein stock feed.
Paani Foundation's core team had a series of meetings with villagers and key government officials who participated in the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup in order to take comprehensive feedback about the competition.
We are happy to share that Paani Foundation received the 'ABP Majha Sanman Puraskar 2016' and some very kind words from Maharashtra's Chief Minister Mr. Devendra Fadnavis.
Shramdaan during the Water Cup results in transformation in a well at Patoda village which had been parched from the past three years.
A transformation of not just land, but minds too. Radi-Tanda's youth who used to make alcohol are now measuring the results of their shramdaan for water conservation!
In Radi Tanda village, rainwater harvesting work done during the competition sees full tanks and assured smiles!
Sweet sound of water in Shripatraiwadi village. The first showers have brought with them the sight of water in this borewell, which had been dry from long!
In Koregaon's Velu village, the efforts of weeks of building CCTs and strengthening dams - bearing fruit in the first shower itself!
The sweetest monsoon! After 47 days of intense hard work, the unexpected showers in the three talukas bring a new whiff of happiness.
The competition has ended but not the generous donations. Check out how the 'Shivshakti Sahkari Patsanstha' of Satara boosted efforts of the locals of Padli.
In Ambajogai's Khaparton, the locals are busy evaluating the water conservation work done in the past six weeks.
Inspired by the 'Dushkalashi Don Haat' show, 45 employees of the Baramati bus depot gathered at Bichukale village in Koregaon to offer shramdaan.
Finish with a flourish! In Warud taluka, thousands of locals ensured the strengthening of a dam 30,000 cubic metres big through shramdaan!
The Water Cup records keep tumbling! 1500 villagers from Ambajogai's Patoda just constructed farm bunds in over 30 hectares of land - all in three hours.
One more public figure joins villagers in offering shramdaan. This time, it's singer Shaan at Circlewadi village in Satara.
An early monsoon is more than welcome in Hiware - after all, the earthen dams to catch rainwater are ready!
Lions Club of Pune-Akurdi donates Rs 25,000 to Circlewadi village in Satara for its watershed management work.
Actor Atul Kulkarni motivates the villagers of Ambajogai and participates in shramdaan with them.
A New Record! In a maha-shramdaan organised at Gavhankund village in Warud taluka, 600 women and 400 men constructed 1160 CCTs in just 2 hours.
Participants of Satyamev Jayate Water Cup in Koregaon, Varud and Ambajogai are attending a workshop to understand how their watershed management work is going to be evaluated.
Today, on May 27, Varud-Gavhankund will witness a maha-shramdaan with thousands of people from 46 villages participating.
Rs. 51,000 donated by Jaywant Pratishthan for the shramdaan work at Satara.
Two JCBs, i.e. 'earth movers' will really speed up the efforts of this village in Ambajogai. They have Mumbai's Mahajan family to thank for it.
Breakfast like kings! In Warud, Wathoda village has come together to provide a nutritious breakfast every day to all those who gather for shramdaan until June 5.
'Dam good gesture!' In Wagholi, Koregaon, the generous folks at Rotary Club of Chinchwad chipped in with Rs 10,000 to aid the efforts toward building a dam.
No contribution is too small. After watching the 'Dushkalashi Don Haat' episode, Deepak from Pune donated Rs 5000 and did shramdaan at Koregaon.
120 women from 12 self-help groups desilted 60 metres of canal at Gavhankund village in Warud.
Wathoda village in Warud creates its own water bank by doing 500 metres of canal deepening and desilting.
The wonders of a human chain! In Koregaon's Anpatwadi, the locals braved the heat to get a large amount of desilting work done.
92 ex-servicemen and wives of 25 of them step forward for shramdaan in Shepwadi village in Beed.
In Patoda village, if any two youngsters take a breather from offering shramdaan, two more replace them and they have decided to follow this till the very end of the competition.
All in a day's work! Isn't it amazing what can be done when teamwork clicks? In Khaparton, Ambajogai, 235 people came together to complete CCTs on 1 hectare land, in just one day.
Kisan Veer Satara Co-Operative Sugar Factory also joins the movement by donating money for work on Vasna river.
Wathoda village successfully completes the building of an earthen dam.
When the collective dream of a village is to make long-term change, there is no time to sleep and dream! In Boghewadi, Koregaon, the shifts run from day to night to meet the target.
Take a bird's eye look at what team work can do! In Anpatwadi, Koregaon, the completed CCT work makes for a beautiful sight.
Anpatwadi receives great support for shramdaan from local government officials as well as villagers.
Kumbefal village constructs farm bunds on 500 hectares of land and is all set to work on 250 hectares more.
In Velu village in Koregaon, professional lawyers are taking time off their busy schedules and offering shramdaan for water conservation.
A revolution in numbers! In Ambajogai taluka, a total of 11,145 locals from 16 villages gathered for a 'shramdaan jatra' on 2nd June.