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Takewadi Andhali village wins Satyamev Jayate Water Cup 2018

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Pune, Aug 12 (UNI) Paani Foundation on Sunday announced the winners of the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup 2018 at an award ceremony hosted by Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao, Founders of Paani foundation, and Satyajit Bhatkal, CEO of Paani Foundation.
The event was held at the Balewadi Sports Complex here in the presence of more than 6,000 villagers from all over Maharashtra. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was the Chief Guest at the Award Function which witnessed an all-party galaxy of political leaders, notably Ajit Pawar, Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, Uddhav Thackeray, Raj Thackeray, and Minister for Water Conservation Ram Shinde.
Leading lights from the world of film, television, media and business were also present to celebrate the stellar work done by lakhs of villagers to make their villages’ drought free.
The first prize of Rs 75 lakhs was given to Takewadi Andhali village from Maan taluka of Satara district. Second prize of Rs 50 Lakhs was given jointly to villages from Bhandvali (Maan taluka) and Sindkhed from districts Satara and Buldhana respectively. The third prize of Rs 40 lakh was given jointly to villages of Anandwadi (Ashti taluka) and Umatha (Narkhed taluka) from districts Beef and Nagpur respectively.
Speaking on the occasion, Maharashtra's Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, “Paani Foundation has brought together people from all strata. The foundation should include 100 talukas next year and government will extend all help for the same. We can achieve new Maharashtra with each other's cooperation."
The trophy was handed over by the Chief Minister and Mrs Amruta Fadnavis.
Along with the Chief Minister, Minister of State for Water Resources Vijay Shivtare, Minister of State for Home, Ram Shinde, and Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, former CM Ashok Chavan, former Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and CEO of Paani Foundation Satyajit Bhatkal were present at the occasion.
In its third edition, Water Cup 2018 saw participation of 75 talukas where capacity to store 22,269 crore liter of water was stored through rainwater harvesting works done over a period of 45 days.
Speaking as the chief guest of the function, Fadnavis said, "Paani Foundation realized that Maharashtra could not be water-abundant unless people are brought together. Maharashtra will have abundant water only when water conservation will become a mass movement. There can be no change in the lives of people or villages by external forces, any change whatsoever has to be brought by ourselves. Paani Foundation has underlined this fact and worked in that direction".
While appreciating that water table level in Maharashtra has gone up because of Water Cup competition works, he said that water has to be judiciously.
"We have known the science, now it is our duty to follow it up. Otherwise we may well head towards drought again. There must be continuity in our efforts," he warned.
He appealed to Aamir Khan to include 100 talukas in the Water Cup League next year and promised to provide all assistance for the same at the government level.
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