Eastern Rajastan was once the driest state in India. Widespread marble mining and rapid logging cause the underground water supply to dry up.
Streams and rivers disappeared and so too farms. But in 1985 a water harvesting movement started in Alwar.
The architect of the ambitious movement, Rajendra Singh, figured out a way to efficiently capture rainfall. Now Alwar is water sufficient, and its people are back at the farms.
Vinod K. Jose reports from the villages of Alwar, a model being used in many water-starved areas.