Rajasthan’s experiment, where six dead rivers were resuscitated by raising the groundwater table, is all set to be replicated in Rayadurg of Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh. The state government has roped in noted water conservationist Rajendra Singh, popularly known as Water Man, to rejuvenate a dead river, Hagari, in Rayadurg.
The river, which is also known as Vedavati in Karnataka, has been dead for nearly 40 years in Anantapur district. Singh, who had visited the area and travelled all through the river course in Anantapur district on Sunday, assured the local people that he would help them in rejuvenating the river similar to the way in which he had earlier resuscitated six dead rivers in Rajasthan.
On Sunday the ‘Water Man’, along with local MLA Kaluva Srinivasulu, visited the sand dunes at D Honnuru village in the Rayadurg Assembly constituency.
Rajendra Singh (born 6 August 1959) is a well-known water conservationist from Alwar district, Rajasthan in India. Also known as “waterman of India”, he won the Stockholm Water Prize, an award known as “the Nobel Prize for water”, in 2015. Previously, he won the Ramon Magsaysay Award for community leadership in 2001 for his pioneering work in community-based efforts in water harvesting and water management.