Transforming Desolation into Flow: Jetpur's Journey to 'Har Ghar Jal'

Picture life in Jetpur, Dahod, where every summer was a battle for water. Before the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM), the village relied on drying wells and expensive water tankers. JJM sparked hope, mobilizing the community under the guidance of leaders like Sarpanch Ranjitbhai Punabhai Rawat. CInI’s approach, emphasizing ownership, led to the formation of hamlet committees, ensuring pipelines reached every home. 

Through training and exposure visits, community leaders became sustainability champions, planning for the project’s future. Residents, like Karnikaben, recognized their pivotal role, contributing Rs. 300 per household for maintenance. Leaders, including Prakashbhai Rupabhai Rawat, sacrificed land for pipelines, overcoming hurdles with proactive solutions. 

Facing a highway construction obstacle, Pankajbhai and the Pani Samiti navigated permissions, showcasing remarkable collaboration. Detecting water leakages during completion, the community delayed project handover until rectified, ensuring uninterrupted water flow. Jetpur’s JJM journey is a testament to community-driven transformation—once parched, now a water-secure model inspiring communities nationwide to dream and achieve ‘Har Ghar Jal.’ 

Jetpur’s exemplary success in achieving ‘Har Ghar Jal’ was celebrated at the Annual General Meeting of the FPC. This achievement not only brought a smile to Rabina’s face but also boosted her confidence in expanding her goat-rearing activities, reflecting the broader impact on livelihoods and economic empowerment. 

"Now that we have water, we must plan for the future to ensure our schemes sustainability."

– Ashmitaben