Manipal Institute of Technology has been chosen to take part in the Honourable Prime Minister's Flagship "Mission Amrit Sarovar" as part of the "Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav," an important programme that aims to promote water conservation in the future. The Mission is being carried out by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs in association with the Ministry of Education and AICTE, Government of India.
Davanagere district's "Fort Ponds at Channagiri" was allotted Manipal Institute of Technology. A group of 15 students from the Department of Civil Engineering at MIT, MAHE, Manipal, supervised by Dr. B. Raghavendra K. Holla and Dr. Balakrishna K. who visited the study area and collected the required data for a week. The group included 12 M.Tech Construction Engineering & Management students and 3 students of M.Sc. Geology. Dr. H N Udayashankar, retired professor of Geology of MIT Manipal, extended his support and expertise for geological investigations.
The team conducted reconnaissance surveys, topographical and spatio-temporal investigations, and attempted to determine the size, water holding capacity, catchment area, and other aspects. Through the analysis of the water, soil, and rock samples, the health of the ponds and their catchment area was determined. In order to comprehend the socioeconomic situation of the region, the historical, cultural, and religious value of the pond, as well as the current water demand, a public poll was conducted.
By holding a drawing competition for Channagiri children in schools with the theme "Nammoora Kote Honda" (Fort pond of our town) and distributing pamphlets in important local newspapers with a story about the pond that details its past, present, and future, it was possible to creatively raise awareness among the general public about the importance of caring for the water bodies in their own neighbourhood. The public is also being urged to help #MissionAmritSarovar and breathe new life into ponds.
Through a thorough project report and posters, strategies and ideas for revitalization, enhancing the health of the water, and increasing fort visibility were presented to the government.