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Ghogha Rural Drinking Water Supply Project
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Source: Gujarat Tourism (Bhavnagar)
Source: Gujarat Tourism (Bhavnagar)
The Ghogha Rural Drinking Water Supply Project is a demand driven initiative to develop a sustainable water supply and improve sanitation in the rural areas of the coastal Ghogha Region of Gujarat.

This project was the first ever participatory sector reform model of the government of Gujarat.

The objective of the project was to achieve sustainability in rural water supply and sanitation through decentralisation and community involvement in conception, operation and maintenance of the project.

Ghogha Project was started in the year 1997. It was implemented in Bhavnagar, Ghogha and Talaja blocks of Bhavnagar district covering an area of about 614 sq. km. 82 villages were included in the project with an estimated population of 2, 00,000 according to 2001 census.

The project was successful in facilitating dual source of water supply in villages, enhancing the quality of water, providing household piped water connection and also managing water resources for sustainable use. Other important components of the project were to improve sanitation and hygiene practices in the region. Waste water disposal system, latrines and sanitation units were constructed for the purpose.

The project was unique in its approach as it institutionalised the decentralised participatory model in development projects in Gujarat. Active participation of NGOs, formation of community mandated pani samitis and inclusion of women ensured meaningful participation and effective decentralisation of resources and responsibilities in the project. The project was a success as it was built on mutual trust and invoked a strong sense of ownership among the community.

Ghogha experience resulted in the formation of Water and Sanitation Management Organisation (WASMO), a crucial organisation of the government of Gujarat that is promoting community participation in the water sector beyond Ghogha.

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Ghogha Rural Drinking Water Supply Project
The objective of the project is to develop a sustainable water supply and improve sanitation in the rural areas of the coastal Ghogha Region of Gujarat. Which is really nice.
Posted By : Nahe Rawat on 23 February 2012