Watershed Project — Bhujal (water sustainability project in 3 villages of Babina block, Jhansi district, Madhya Pradesh)

Duration:01/May/2011 – 30/Apr/2016

Location: Jhansi district, Madhya Pradesh, India


  1. Coca-Cola India Foundation, India
  2. ICAR-National Research Centre for Agroforestry


The Bundelkhand region of central India is the hotspot of water scarcity, land degradation and poor socio-economic status. The Coca-Cola India Foundation for Rural Water Infrastructure and ICRISAT led consortium, along with the National Research Centre for Agro-forestry (NRCAF), farmers and the Government of Uttar Pradesh, identified a micro-watershed, Parasai-Sindh in Babina block of Jhansi district, as a pilot site for improving water use efficiency, groundwater recharge and strengthening ecosystem services through community watershed management program. This watershed covers 1,250 ha and comprises of 3 villages named Parasai, Chhatpur and Bachauni (located at 250 23 ‘ 56 ‘’ to 250 27 ‘ 9.34 ‘’ N and 780 19 ‘45.71 ‘’ to 780 22 ‘ 42.57’’ E.). The watershed development program in these selected villages started from 2011 onwards.

The specific project objectives were:

  • To enhance water availability in target villages through rainwater harvesting and recharging of wells
  • To enhance water use efficiency and agricultural productivity through improved management of land and water resources
  • To establish a site for learning within five years of project inception
  • To transform entire village from degraded stage to productive stage showing the example of science led consortium approach.

Recent Posts

Recent Publications


Enhancing Groundwater Recharge and Water Use Efficiency in Drought Prone Bundelkhand Region (CTB). IDC-ICRISAT (Ed.) (2017): 2017. (Type: Booklet | Links | BibTeX)


Enhancing groundwater recharge and water use efficiency in SAT region through watershed interventions – Parasai-Sindh watershed, Jhansi. ICRISAT (2015): In: 2015. (Type: Incollection | Links | BibTeX)