The Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Ministry of Jal Shakti has launched the ‘Water Heroes: Share Your Stories’ contest.

Till date, three editions of the contest have been launched on MyGov portal. The 1st edition was launched from 01.09.2019 to 30.08.2020. The 2nd edition was launched from 19.09.2020 to 31.08.2021. The 3rd edition has been launched on 01.12.2021 and will end on 30.11.2022. Till date, 149 persons have been awarded with Water Heroes: Share Your Stories contest.  These water heroes have been working in the field of water conservation, awareness generation for water conservation, rainwater harvesting, entrepreneurship for water harvesting, ground water management, river rejuvenation, rejuvenation of water bodies and reuse/recycling of waste water.

The objective of the contest is to promote value of water, in general, and for supporting country-wide efforts on water conservation and sustainable development of water resources. In accordance with the vision of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, a large population should be motivated to adopt the cause of water conservation in the country. The aim of the contest is to create awareness for water conservation by enhancing knowledge and sharing experiences of water heroes; and to create an attitude towards water conservation and management so that a behavioral change can be created amongst all stakeholders.

The three winners for the month of June 2022 are Mr. Anuj Sharma, Mr. Arav Seth and Mr. Durgesh Gupta, their details are given below. Each of them will get a cash prize of Rs. 10,000/- and a certificate.

  1. Mr. Anuj Sharma is from Meerut. He planned and promoted good initiatives such as plantation drives, eco-farming, water conservation, and waste recycling to make the students aware about environment conservation in the locality.
  2. Mr. Durgesh Gupta is a Cofounder of the NGO called “Green Yatra Trust”. He made numerous efforts to revitalize and create over 15 ponds and lakes in NCR Region, MMR and Bangalore. Moreover, he implemented many water projects in Maharashtra’s tribal belts with the IDS organization.
  3. Mr. Aarav Seth is a 13-year-old student activist from Ghaziabad. He planted 4500 trees and demonstrated his commitment to society through awareness and action plans. He actively participated in Yamuna Cleanup Drive along with his team.

The contest is held monthly and may be seen on MyGov portal. To participate in the contest, one needs to post their success stories on water conservation in the form of 1-5 minutes video, along with a write-up of upto 300 words and attach some photographs that depict the efforts. Also, the participants can share their videos (with the link to their YouTube video) on the MyGov portal (www.mygov.in). In addition to the MyGov portal, the entries can also be submitted at waterheroes.cgwb[at]gmail[dot]com.