Gaushala Project Documentation
ASHA KIRAN Gaushala, MURBAD report
10th June 2013
Dear Aggarwal Ji,
On 3rd June 2013, your good self visited the Gaushala with Mr. Gopalkrishnan and Shri Manji Bhai to meet Mr. Shantharam Shenai and Mr. Arvind Kadabe to discuss their survey conducted on 2nd June and finalise the plan for Rain Water Harvesting. Mr. Shantharam Shenai explained to Mr. Gopal Krishnan how the BIOSANITIZER action works and how the SOIL CONDITIONER helps in penetration of rain water into the soil.
To provide irrigation to the sloping 2 acre land behind and below the cow shed, it was decided to make a rain water harvesting pit of size 60 feet x 60 feet behind the cowshed, which would collect rain water from the slope leading to it, on its right.
To charge the borewell in use, a rain water harvesting pit of size 75 feet x 60 feet was planned on the slope above and adjacent to the borewell, below the banana trees.
Silt traps were planned to prevent silt from filling into the RWH pits.
The JCB earth mover did not arrive on 3rd June hence Mr. Arvind Kadabe explained the plans to Shantharam Shenai and Mr. Praveen. Sketch was provided. The JCB earth mover arrived on 5th June and began excavating the RWH pit behind the cow shed. The soil being generally soft, the maximum depth possible to be achieved by the JCB from the ground level was achieved. ( Photos available )
On 6th June, Mr. Shantharam Shenai visited the Gaushala and Mr. Praveen obtained a 2nd JCB earth mover to excavate the RWH pit for charging the bore well. On 6th June itself, only a depth of 6 feet could be excavated due to rock found below. It was reported by Mr. Praveen that in the entire excavation, they could not go below 6 feet.
It was recently reported to me that the JCB earth mover got stuck in the wet mud and rain water was filling into the pit behind the cow shed, making work difficult. Mr. Shantharam Shenai was not able to visit on 7th June and visit on 9th June was put off due to very heavy rain in Mumbai and Murbad also.
Since the RWH pit for charging the working bore well has not reached its desired depth of 15 feet and the RWH pit behind the cow shed is incomplete, I have taken the decision to strengthen the soil conditioner by blending 600 grams of VERMI++ with the SOIL CONDITIONER before spreading it on the soil surface appropriately. The expenditure will be Rs.24,000/- . Kindly approve the expenditure.
Kindly note that a budget of Rs.10,000/- remains for the soil conditioner and Rs.10,000/- remains for payment not made to Mr. Arvind Kadabe.
Regarding the query about quantity of BIOSANITIZER 7.0 100 mg loaded in the bore well, Mr. Shantharam Shenai explained that the calculation is made for volume of water pumped out which is related to the Horse Power of the pump. Since a 2 HP pump has been used, 2 pouches of BIOSANITIZER 7.0 100 mg was loaded.
Mr. Shantharam Shenai will be travelling to Bangalore for a few days and on his return, will monitor the blending and spreading of the strengthened soil conditioner.
Request for Rs.50,000/- towards consultancy charges may please be considered for payment very early.
Dr. Prachi Bedeka
ASHA KIRAN Gaushala, MURBAD proposal
24th May 2013
Dear Aggarwal Ji,
On my directions, Mr. Shantharam Shenai proceeded with your good selves to the Gaushala Project at Murbad on 19th May 2013. My instruction to him was to understand the root cause of the water shortage and use technology to remedy it.
I sent Mr. Dhimant Joshi anticipating the need for a person to supervise and implement my directions.
The mandate given to me by your good self was as follows:-
- To reduce the monthly expenditure of Rs. 2 Lakhs at the Murbad Gaushala.
- To explore a proposal to make the project self sustainable.
After getting policy approved from the trustees, I will develop a plan in consultation with your good self / trustees and oversee its implementation for one year.
My strategy is to turn leakages into profits and make the Gaushala sustainable with development of website and relationship donation ( a new concept ).
The first step todays the RWH will involve an expenditure of approximately Rs.70,000/- to Rs. One Lakh .
The root cause is lack of penetration of rain water into the soil and clogging of water arteries underground.
Soil conditioner worth Rs.30,000/- will be spread on the entire plot to condition the rain and enable it to penetrate the soil.
BIOSANITIZER worth Rs.20,000/- will be introduced into the borewell to open the clogged arteries underground.
BIOSANITIZER worth Rs.10,000/- will be put into the cement concrete tank to improve the quality of irrigation water.
MIXED PLANTS and TREE SAPLINGS will have to be planted on the plot after the first few rains.
The outcome of the exercise will be observed through out the coming year till the next summer.
Mr. Dhimant Joshi visiting fee is Rs.1500/- per day. He can visit twice a week till needed.
The consultancy for developing a vision, developing strategies, making action plans, occasional visits to monitor the supervisor, obtaining email reports from him and conveying progress to your good self and trustees from time to time will be Rs. Two Lakhs only.
Payment terms: 100% advance.
Dr. Prachi Bedekar
ASHA KIRAN Gaushala, MURBAD report
19th May 2013
Shantharam Shenai 9324156273
Dhimant Joshi 9821138961
WATER: There was only one working bore well which I was told was drilled to 450 feet. It had a 2 HP pump and provided water for less than 3 hours a day. This was used by the cows and for drinking by working crew of 10 persons. A temporary pipeline was taken from a nearby dam by placing a pump, which is supervised for 6 months in a year, then at risk of theft.
Another bore well was dry. Yet another borewell had been attempted at the bottom of a slope, but which was dry.
A rain water harvesting solution on a 2 & ½ acre sloping land can be planned, especially since the rainfall in the area is reported to be 2500 mm ( Mumbai is 2000 mm )
Shantharam requested Arvind Kadabe to find some time and supervise the making of drenches through the circumference of the 7 & ½ acre plot using JCB machinery. Arvind said he was on holiday and busy with marriages, but would advise soon.
I suggest you visit http://www.varshajal.com to learn about a professional company offering RWH patented procedure. It would be worth inviting them for a survey.
COWS: The majority of the cows in the GAUSHALA have been purchased at token prices and just 5 to 6 cows are presently milching. The present breeds are mix breeds while the male cow is of the local breed, not even pure bred. My suggestion is to introduce a male cow of pure GIR breed, and of one and a half years of age. This in turn will give pure breed of GIR in the third or fourth generation. The purpose of doing this is that the GIR breed are the most matured breed and capable of adapting all climatic conditions and geographic locations. This will ensure that the medication cost will be least in the future as the GIR breed is very hardy.
The medicinal values of the cowdung and urine of the GIR breed will be of immense value.
VEGETATION: The land can be used to grow grass for grazing with interplanted herbs such as Ashwagandha, etc. It is vital to encourage biodiversity by planting trees which fits into the local ecology. The Banyan tree, Peepal, Sag wood, neem send roots deep and capable of penetrating hard soil underground.
CAMP HOUSE: Mr. Aggarwal desired to rebuild the two room camp house with modern style. Instead, it can be made into a beautiful farm house using expertise from the Laurie Baker school in Kerala. The institute is called Costford http://www.costford.com
DUNG: I found the dung getting self ignited and burned, indicating polluted food being fed to the cows and a prevailing high temperature. Preferably, the cows should be consuming food of their choice and at their leisure, and quantum decided by them. I found them being fed with protein in the form of dals and corn, blended with husk. They were also being fed with jaggery which must be stopped. A teaspoon of organic coconut oil can be fed to the milching cows to increase milk production.
CONSULTANCY: Mr. Aggarwal expressed his desire to have a person to implement and supervise with visits twice a week. I am agreeable to explore a consultancy service on payment of Rs. One Thousand Five Hundred per day for 2013. I will provide reports by email to your good self.