If you are asked to name a river in Kutch in Gujarat, you would wonder if there exists any. Kutch at the time of the Alexander the Great and King Poras, Kutch was all sea. Now it is salt-desert. But it does have rivers.
One of them is theRukmavati Riverwhich empties into theArabian Sea Mandvi, an ancient port town, is located on the banks of this river just at the mouth where it meets the Arabian Sea near the Gulf of Kutch.
Mapping the banks of these rivers which are flooded during rains only, helps in fetching the fresh water on sustainable basis for the people there. An initiative by the Vivekanand Research & Training Institute, (VRTI) Kutch, Gujarat did exactly that, and much more. That won them Earth Care Award of JSW and Times of India.
As a member of the jury, I was astonished to read and see how the NGOs work in arid, salty hot and humid...