Dr. Vikas Amte
An innovative scientist, creative researcher, environmental entrepreneur, liberated management executive, financier, sincere social worker, and physician by education, Dr Vikas Amte dons many hats. An environmentalist and engineer at heart, he has dug several lakes that have solved the water scarcity problem in Anandwan and Somnath. While discarded truck tyres are used to build dam spillways, bricks made out of shredded plastic and concrete are used in the construction of buildings and roads, and artistic gift items and greeting cards are created out of other waste material.
Vasundhara Jeevan Gaurav
Ayyapa Masagi (Life Time Achievement)
Regarded as the ‘Water Warrior’ of India, he has helped create countless solutions for India’s water scarcity problem. His help and guidance has enabled several communities, farms, and towns to become water efficient. He achieved successful results and a few years later, quit his job to focus on working. In 2004, he earned the Ashoka Fellowship for his work. A year later, he started the ‘ Water Literacy Foundation’.
Ramdas Kokare (Vasundhara Mitra- Activist)
In 2010, as Chief Officer of Dapoli Municipality, Ramdas Kokare decided that he would make Dapoli ‘plastic free’. In April 2015, he took over as Vengurla’s Chief Municipal Officer, driving the town’s exemplary sanitation schemes and waste disposal projects. Under his able leadership Vengurla Municipality was declared an Open Defecation Free (ODF) city in Maharashtra on 2nd October 2015.
Subbiah Nallamuthu (Vasundhara Mitra- Filmmaker)
Best known for his films on tigers, the director-producer-cinematographer he received the coveted ‘National Award’ for his film Tiger Dynasty in 2012. The forest veteran’s journey with the camera started in 1991. In three years, Subbiah Nallamuthu started Grey Films and began making his own line of wildlife movies. He also freelances as a cameraman for channels like National Geographic and Discovery.
Central Water and Power Research Station (CWPRS) Pune (Vasundhara Mitra- Organisation)
Established in 1916 and taken over by the Government of India in 1936, the Central Water and Power Research Station (CWPRS) Pune has recently entered its ‘Centenary Year’. It is the largest laboratory of its kind in the world devoted to water and energy resource development. CWPRS is a significant name in the field of hydraulic and allied research
Agrani Rejuvenation Sangli, Maharashtra
Inspired by Kirloskar Vasundhara International Film Festival, residents of nine villages in Sangli district of western Maharashtra have come together to rejuvenate the Agrani river, that flows near their villages. The project is planned by NGO Jal Biradari. The entire project will be implemented in a span of around 3 to 5 years. The project will benefit about 20,000 villagers and about 10,000 cattle in nine villages. Besides it will help to provide irrigation facilities for about 4,500 hectare land.
Manjra Rejuvenation Latur, Maharashtra
The project involves desilting 18km along the Sai barrage to increase its holding capacity to 18.5 million cubic metre. Latur requires 18.25 million cubic meter water per annum. Plans are to remove about 45 lakh cubic metre of silt. In 2013, they succeeded in convincing people in three villages in Latur district to pool in money to carry out desilting work as well as construct low-cost Gabion structures to trap rain water. This helped increase the water level in bore wells and wells in surrounding villages and helped maintain the greenery.
Ramnadi Rejuvenation Pune, Maharashtra
In 2008, Ramnadi Swachhata Abhiyan was undertaken by Vasundhara Swachhata Abhiyan (VSA). VSA also started cleaning small public premises at the bank of Ramnadi on every Saturday-Sunday. Then many Saplings were planted on the bank of Ramnadi. Mission was continued till 2012. The Work is in Progress. It was found that the Saplings of bamboo, etc. planted during 2008-12 were now fully grown. 3 Point program for River Cleaning was prepared.