Externally Funded Project
ASRA (Aquifer Storage & Recovery for Sustainable Agriculture) is an aquifer recharge project, funded by Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research under the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Government of Australia. A team of four investigators and three researchers at School of Ecology and Environment Studies, Nalanda University are executing the project. The objective of this project is to test a model of aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) technology using seasonal flood waters in the region of South Bihar -a drought prone region. This model aims to recharge the subsurface aquifers. The goal of the project is to provide the opportunity to farmers of the region to raise their incomes from agriculture and allied activities, through assured irrigation from the reuse of water stored beneath the surface during draught. The proposed work primarily involves aquifer mapping, assessment of social perception about technology adoption, measuring environmental risk due to groundwater depletion, etc.
Dr Prabhakar Sharma; Dr. Somnath Bandyopadhyay; Dr. Aviram Sharma; Dr Kishore Dhavala
Dr. Poornima Verma; Anurag Verma; Kumar Ashutosh