Tiruvannamalai District In Tamil Nadu Sets World Record With 1118 Farm Ponds In 30 Days

Tiruvannamalai District In Tamil Nadu Sets World Record With 1118 Farm Ponds In 30 Days

The District Rural Development Agency in Tiruvannamalai has accomplished a world record in setting up 1118 farm ponds for farmers. Workers covered under MGNREGS (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme) got a steady job for over 30 days to create this farm pond. The district marched into record books in the category “Most Farm Ponds Created at Multiple Locations in 30 Days.” This achievement was certified as a world record by Elite World Records, Asian Records Academy, India Records Academy, and Tamilian Book of Records.

According to District Collector B.Murugesh, with a sincere commitment to improving the groundwater potential before the onset of Monsoons in Tamil Nadu, we decided to create 1118 Farm Ponds in 541 Village Panchayats of 18 Blocks at a Unit Cost of Rs.1.78 lakhs with a total project cost of Rs.19.96 Crore within 30 days from 12.08.2021 till 10.09.2021 under the MGNREGS (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act).

The aim behind the initiative was to ensure adequate water for agriculture purposes during the summer, and hence a brainstorming session was conducted for the DRDA Team and farmers, which led to the idea of creating farm ponds. Starting with the guidance of PWD Minister EV Velu, the scheme soon caught the attention of many as the work progressed with daily monitoring, he further pointed out.

Glimpses of World Record Citation Received by B.Murugesh IAS., (District Collector, Tiruvannamalai District) and M.Prathap IAS., (Additional Collector, Tiruvannamalai District) from Adjudicators of Elite World Records, Asian Records Academy, India Records Academy, and Tamilan Book of Records at the Citation Ceremony.

M. Prathap, Additional Collector (DRDA), added that district like Tiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu faces severe water inadequacy for agriculture during summer every year. Hence, we decided to initiate a project to visualize rainwater harvesting, which will ensure adequate water storage for agriculture and improve groundwater potential. After a devising session, we decided that creating farm ponds at multiple locations in the district would give a permanent solution to this.

“In this context, we had a detailed Micro Level Planning at Block Level and Village Level for Identifying the apt locations for creating the farm ponds, the sites have been strategically selected at all locations which envisage recharge of groundwater as well. Rigorous Meetings and Workshops were conducted to the entire DRDA team and all the project stakeholders to educate and impart the process of creating the farm ponds. We had a three-level internal verification process to monitor the progress and execution of farm ponds,” Mr. Prathap, Additional Collector (DRDA), further pointed out.

I physically inspected 423 farm ponds in Tiruvannamalai District with ten more adjudicators and third-party ratifying agencies. Each farm ponds were minimum of 72 feet in length, 36 feet in breadth, and 5 feet in depth. The District administration has adhered to all the norms and regulations set by the world record team. I am sure this project has given farmers and the general public an everlasting lively hood in the years to come. We are pleased to certify this project as a new world record, said Dr. Jawahar Karthikeyan, Ambassador, and Senior Adjudicator, Elite World Records.

Tiruvannamalai District in Tamil Nadu Sets World Record with 1118 Farm Ponds in 30 Days
L to R: Dr. M.Santharam (Adjudicator, Asian Records Academy), K.S. Karthik Kanagaraju (Records Manager, India Records Academy), Dr. B.Sivakumaran (Senior Adjudicator, Asian Records Academy), Dr. A.K. Senthil Kumar (Ambassador and Senior Adjudicator, Asian Records Academy), Dr. Jawahar Karthikeyan (Ambassador and Senior Adjudicator, Elite World Records), B. Murugesh IAS., (District Collector, Tiruvannamalai District), Dr. B. Bala Subramaniyan (Senior Records Manager, Tamilan Book of Records), P. Jeganathan (Associate Editor, India Records Academy), A.Pavan Kumar Reddy IPS., (Superintendent of Police), and Ravi Tejas IAS., (Assistant Collector Trainee) at the world record citation ceremony.

“Catch the Rain” Project by creating Farm Ponds to envisage rainwater harvesting has given a lot of faith and confidence to farmers, said Dr.A.K.Senthil Kkumar, Ambassador and Senior Adjudicator, Asian Records Academy.

This Visionary Project executed by DRDA Tiruvannamalai District will be an everlasting asset to the people; it will help people’s standard of living and farmers. These farm ponds can also be used as fish ponds, serving as an ancillary income to farmers and ensuring financial stability. We are proud to certify this as a world record, said P. Jeganathan, Associate Editor and Senior Records Manager, India Records Academy.

Farm Ponds had been an integral part of Tamil life. With changes in the cultural and social milieu, they lost their importance. This project has created awareness of the importance of Farm Ponds and rainwater harvesting, said Dr. B. Bala Subramanian, Senior Records Manager, Tamilan Book of Records.

23478 MGNREGS Workers have put their continuous efforts for 30 days and endeavored towards making this marathon project a successful one in such a record time, which will be an everlasting asset to the district. This project has bagged a lot of appreciation on the whole.

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