26-yr-old engineer brings 10 ponds back to life
Ramveer Tanwar, who has a BTech in mechanical engineering, recently quit his job with a multinational to focus on a cause dear to him — saving ponds. “Water conservation is a more significant career for me than sitting in an AC office,” says Greater Noida’s resi nt water crusader, who has been instrumental in reviving 10 village ponds in the last five years.
Greater Noida, part of Gautam Buddh Nagar district, is home to hundreds of smaller ponds have been neglected — until now.
位于Gautam Buddh Nagar地区的大诺伊达有数百个小池塘，直到现在，这些小池塘一直被忽视。
A farmer’s son, Tanwar grew up in Greater Noida’s water bodies. The bigger ones, like the 60-acre Surajpur wetland, are prected by forest conservation rules, but Dadha village, an area that has witnessed water shortages time and again. He noticed how small water bodies, around which community life traditionally revolves in the rural hinterland of Uttar Pradesh, were often treated as garbage dumps. “I grew up seeing this mistreatment of water bodies, even when we were facing droughts,” he says.
Then a 21-year-old college student, Tanwar organised a jal chaupal (meeting place) of villagers to discuss the need for cleaning up the ponds.
Engineer gives tuitions to meet expenses, secures CSR funding. Teams of volunteers were set up to create “a sense of ownership over the project”. Tanwar said, “Soon, jal chaupal became a platform for us to go from village to village and speak about the need to stop throwing garbage into our ponds.”
坦瓦尔授课赚钱以筹备资金，并组建了志愿者团队，以创造“对项目的主人翁感”。坦瓦尔说:“很快，jal chaupal就成了谈论停止向池塘里扔垃圾的平台, 让我们从一个村庄走向另一个村庄。”
The first pond cleanup the volunteers undertook back in 2014 was in a village called Dabra. “It was full of sludge, hyacinth and garbage. It took us months to just clear the surface. Then, we treated the water, created a filter sy em and a sort of canal to help farmers use the water for farming,” says Tanwar, who spent his weekends on this work. To ensure its upkeep, they encouraged fishery in the now-pristine pond.
To get more manpower, he turned to social media. “Our Facebook page, ‘Boond Boond Pani’, now has over one lakh members. Each time we wanted volunteers, we would make an announcement on the page. Almost a hundred volunteers would reach the conservation location, often in far-flung villages, every time,” he says.
为了获得更多的人手，他求助于社交媒体。坦瓦尔称：“我们的Facebook主页‘Boond Boond Pani’现在有超过10万名成员。每当需要志愿者的时候，我们都会在页面上发布公告。几乎每一次都有100名志愿者前来帮忙”
Rohit Adhana of Kasana village has been involved with Tanwar’s conservation efforts for a few years now. “It is important that villagers come forward and help save their water sources. We are showing them it is possible,” he says.
Tanwar, who has quit his job and does tuitions in the evening to meet his expenses, isn’t on his own anymore. His work got some attention last year after he created the hashtag #SelfieWithPond encouraging villagers to send photos with water bodies, and sponsorship opportunities have been coming up. “After a lot of effort, we got our first CSR funding of Rs 2.5 lakh in 2018,” he says. He used the money to complete many of his ongoing pond projects. Restoring a small pond takes six to seven months and anywhere between Rs 1 lakh and Rs 25 lakh, depending on its condition, This year, he received Rs 7 lakh funding from a company to restore a pond in Ghangola village. The pond has been desilted, and will be fully restored and beautified in a few months.
Pawan Khatana, a resi nt of Bharana village where a pond was revived, says the spirit of water conservation is spreading. “After hearing about what Ramveer has done at our village pond, a lot of other villages have shown interest. Some people even want to do the cleanup themselves now.”
Gajendrabadola - Dehradun - 11 hours ago -Follow
Exemplary effort, am sure PM would honour the engineer if he is informed of this great step!
jagmohan chadha - 11 hours ago -Follow
Good job. We need young men like him in India.
Sheik Mohamed - 11 hours ago -Follow
Kudos for this young man who had initiated a very good step for water.
Shreenedhe Acharya - 9 hours ago -Follow
Great Job! My appreciation beyond words for such a daunting task which needs, guts, discipline, dedication and commitment apart from Money and a team which has to work tirelessly without any rewards and recognition.
KUDOS to this young engineer! May god bless him with success in all his endeavours!
Neal Bhow - 11 hours ago -Follow
Rana Xxxx - mumbai - 11 hours ago -Follow
State gt. and federal gt. should help them / organizations like this to solve pollution /health / farming problems.
aparna sengupta - 11 hours ago -Follow
God bless you
Ashley King - 10 hours ago -Follow
You are a role model for youth, you are highly respectable and I salute you.
Rudra Narendra - 10 hours ago -Follow
Brilliant idea transform the society
Blumen - 9 hours ago -Follow
If all of us can be Chowkidars of some cause we will collectively change India for Good.
Nanda - Hyderabad - 10 hours ago -Follow
Appreciate such work...everybody should follow his foot steps. All should work not only water conservation but also aforestration.
Sherly Suresh - 11 hours ago -Follow
Very commendable job. Thank you so much
SHRIKANT HEGDE - 9 hours ago -Follow
Great, highly noble thought at such a young age!I would say, there is need for such people in Indian po itics!
Zokhuma Lushai - 7 hours ago -Follow
He deserves a national award.
San dy - 9 hours ago -Follow
Only Hindus can do such good work .
Ramesh - 8 hours ago -Follow
Salute to this guy. What a wonderful contribution to society at such an young age. Absolutely selfless. This is the attitude we should inculcate in all citizens from young age, if we really want India to be a happy place to love.
Rajeshkumar-9 hours ago -Follow
such people are real heroes of the nation
Stud Baker - 9 hours ago -Follow
This boy deserves a medal from the gt. He is a true patriot. Selfless and hard work is paying in the form of clean ponds with fish. The villagers would be inde ted to his deeds for decades to come.
Dean - traveller - 7 hours ago -Follow
look at this young man he should be an inspiration for kids. we want this kind of volunteers . join these young leaders "let us make India great again"
jesu257 - 9 hours ago -Follow
Wow, great. just a few like him can make a huge positive impact on the environment. Best Wishes
Pradeep - 10 hours ago -Follow
Bravo Mr. Ramveer Tanwar, you are a real life HERO. Sadly in our country the followers of such national heroes are so few. (vis a vis those of jnu gang)
Shantanu Ghosh - 7 hours ago -Follow
We should ve for these kind of people who can make a difference for the society !!
Drambarish - 8 hours ago -Follow
Superhero without a cape. Great work great man
Zokhuma Lushai - 7 hours ago -Follow
If only 1% of Indians are like Ramveer, India will be an Earthly paradise.
Surjit Kohli - Kuwait City - 5 hours ago -Follow
Admirably a true nationalist
Abcdefg - 6 hours ago -Follow
Great and congrats. u are really an inspiration to many people.