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Newsletter: Revival of 2000-year old flood water harvesting systems in Gaya, Bihar

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Ahar Pyne system in Gaya, South BiharResurgence of the ahar pynes : Magadh Jal Jamaat helps revive 2000-year old flood water harvesting systems in Gaya, Bihar

Gaya in south Bihar, had a number of ahar pynes - a network of water channels, lakes and ponds in the past which harvested flood water. These fell into disuse, and led to a situation of water scarcity in the region.

But not for too long !

Magadh Jal Jamaat, a network of individuals and groups in Gaya region, got together to script a new solution to the problem
. Starting with the Sarayu lake revival in 2006, they have gone on to revive several ahars and pynes.

They are also actively working with the Bihar State Government to facilitate the creation of community-based organizations for undertaking a large-scale ahar pyne renovation programme in the area.

Watch a video on Magadh Jal Jamaat's work

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