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Role of Technology in Utilizing Water as a Resource for Sustainable Development

Publication Type : Conference Paper

Publisher : SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology

Source : ICDSMLA 2019 [International Conference on Data Sciences, Machine Learning and Applications]

Campus : Amritapuri, Coimbatore

School : School of Engineering, School for Sustainable Futures

Center : Amrita Center for Wireless Networks and Applications (AmritaWNA), Computational Engineering and Networking

Department : Sustainable Development

Year : 2020

Abstract : Water plays a vital role in preserving and giving us a quality life, which has an impact on the people in day-to-day activities such as household and other productive purposes. In tribal areas where the resource-settings are limited, implementation of an organized water accessible system has an impact on the health and sanitation related problems. There has been an alarming awareness that is essential, to have a public water distribution system possessing a high service reliability among the policy makers in the health centers as well as various higher authorities which implement various programs through organizations which help to facilitate basic requirements of the people in tribal areas. A qualitative study was conducted in Barapita village in the Khordha district of Odisha. The interviews conducted were analyzed using Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) tools, AEIOU frameworks, personas and direct observation using the six senses. The cardinal problem statement identified is the lack of any water distribution plan in the village, despite being in the vicinity of one of the largest dams in Odisha (DERAS). The perceptions and experiences shared by ward members of the village suggests the need for the implementation of an organized and sustainable water accessible system. The well- being of the tribal people depends upon efficient watershed management which helps to improve the socio-economic conditions that has a positive impact in the overall development of the village.

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