Kotar (Ravine) Land Development Project
The basic objective of the Project was to develop a model block for demonstration to use Kotar land, ravine wasteland, for productive purpose and environment protection through tree plantation of economic importance. The total project area was 18.04 acres of which 9.37 acres was a leveled / plain land and 8.67 acres was a Kotar land.
The project was taken up with the following objectives :
- To convert the ravine wasteland into a green belt.
- To develop a demonstration model exhibiting the practices of environment control, water management, and agriculture
Since the initiation of the project, a total number of 16500 plants of different species were planted on plain, kotar and sloppy land. Out of the total number, about 13286 trees were of Teak variety. About 460 plants like Neem, Babul were naturally grown. The other variety consisted of Goras-Amali, Pendula, sevan, Baval, Neem, Date Palm, Kasid, and Nagol& Pendula. Few varieties of the medicinal plant were also grown. The plantation was carried out in a phase-wise manner covering the terrace or flat areas as well as sloppy areas. Other varieties like Bamboo, Ketki, Aloe Vera and cactus were planted along the boundary line to basically check the infiltration of animals. A demonstration recharge well model was installed in the low lying area to collect the stormwater and augment the groundwater conditions. Both soil & water samples were collected at a regular interval to assess the change in the water quality. Also, an initiative to measure the rate of soil erosion was attempted and weekly records were maintained.