Pragathi; Mysore, Karnataka
Contact: Mr. B. Sharanappa
April 2018 – April 2021
Budget: Total, Rs.17,67,900; 2019, Rs.5,88,150
This project was started in 2018 to make and distribute a total of 455 bio sand filters to tribal people in 3 villages to provide safe, clean drinking water in Rajiv Gandhi National Park in southern Karnataka over a three-year period. This year, 159 filters have been distributed in Belthur Hadi village. Main occupation of the tribal villagers is hunting, fishing, goat rearing. Dirty river water is purified using the filters. The filters are made at the Pragathi site on the outskirts of Mysore and transported to the villages about 80 Km away. A 20-liter water jug was provided to the villagers along with the filter to store the filtered water. They were also trained about health issues, sanitation and proper use and maintenance of the filters. Pragathi staff visits the beneficiaries once a month and checks the filter operation.