Project Description: 

Aroehan, an NGO working in the Palghar district on several livelihood related problems, is developing a framework for integrated village planning, with a focus on block level integration of resources in Mokhada Taluka of Palghar District. Aroehan approached TDSC for support in the water and livelihood (water dependent) sectors. 

Mokhada Taluka comprises of tribal dominating population that depends mainly on agriculture for its livelihood. The region gets adequate rainfall but due to hilly terrain and lack of water infiltration systems, several habitations of the region experience water scarcity leading to high degree of drinking water stress. Availability of water would lead to possibility of growing crops during dry months (Rabi crops) increasing livelihood opportunities. This watershed project aims to increase water availability for both drinking and livelihood purposes using best practices suitable for local conditions and focusing on regional planning. TDSC will provide technical support for planning interventions

Principal Investigator: 

Prof.     Om Damani

IIT Bombay 

  • Vaishali Bharambe
  • Dipti Tanna
  • Ankita Prayag 
  • Vijay Gonugade 


Project Photo: 
Project Deliverables : 

a.      Preparation of structured forms (PRA) for primary data collection

b.     Status assessment of existing water supply infrastructure in Mokhada block

c.      Developing indicators for stress classification and categorization

d.     Prioritization of habitation in collaboration with Aroehan in various work shelf

e.      Development of block level watershed intervention protocols

f.      Detailed intervention planning for pilot habitations

g.     Handholding of Aroehan for implementation of protocol on pilot basis

Project Documents: 

Project Proposal (pdf)

PRA data- 214 stress categorization (.xlsx)

Project Outputs: 

Report on Status assessment and planning for water security in Mokhada taluka (PDF)

Mokhada block Water scarcity and Socio-Economical status report publication program organized by AROEHAN (PPT)

Design outputs 

Case studies 

  • Status assessment of Pathardi village consists of five habitations (PDF)
  • Solar-powered drinking water pumping system (PDF
  • Solar based micro-irrigation system (PDF
  • Cement Nala bund planning protocol (PDF)
  • Note on Gram panchayat development planning (PDF
Multi-stakeholder engagement meeting -Towards improved Block level planning and practices (PPT)